clipped from: politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
the party had strayed from its own "brand," which, according to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, should represent
- religious-based values and
- limited government.
I have to mention (it's their fault)
- George Bush,
- Ted Stevens,
- John McCain
"McCain, (because he is)
- proponent of campaign finance reform that weakened party organizations and basically put George Soros in the driver's seat,"
- "His proposal for amnesty for illegals.
- His support of global warming, cap-and-trade programs that will put another burden on our economy. And of course,
- his embrace of the bailout right before the election was probably the nail in our coffin this last election. And he has been an
- opponent of drilling in ANWR, at a time when energy is so important.
It really didn't fit the label, but he was our package."
Bush and Stevens, he said, had corrupted the party brand by
- expanding the size of government and
- engaging in wasteful government spending.
DeMint said he would introduce a Senate resolution next week to boot Stevens out of the Republican caucus, and "force votes" on Senate seniority rules that have allowed certain members to hold onto power.