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  •  It's probably something simple (11+ / 0-)

    Money and/or the fact that he doesn't see majority leader in his future.  I'm not one who thinks demint is particularly dumb, certainly not dumb enough to have something ugly in his past.  Not after SC's past problems with the Appalachian Trail, not to mention haley's peccadilloes. demint has too much of a Machiavellian aura around him to be so stupid.  My guess is he saw no future in the Senate because of the turtle man (who will certainly get the job if the pubs win the senate) and the $$$ offer from heritage was just too freakin' big to turn down.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:02:11 AM PST

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    •  I think you are right... (4+ / 0-)
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      My repub friends tell me that DeMint is not fond of politics in general and he must realize that he's stuck in neutral, if not in reverse, in the Senate these days.

      Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. (attributed to) Greg King

      by scyellowdogdem on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:07:13 AM PST

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      •  Yah... that rings true. (3+ / 0-)
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        Reminds me of something Kagro said on his net radio show.  demint hasn't shown that he likes speaking in the Senate and if he's forced to do so because of filibuster reform, it takes a lot of the allure away.  Can't imagine, if he doesn't like speaking in front of his colleagues, that he likes speaking in front of crowds of voters either.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:21:32 AM PST

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    •  DeMint is a fan of term limits (1+ / 0-)
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      Crazy as this sounds: Maybe he means it.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 09:20:16 AM PST

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      •  The paycheck doesn't hurt either. (0+ / 0-)

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 09:27:25 AM PST

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