Jon Stewart interviews Jim DeMint, head of GOP’s Heritage Foundation

Jon Stewart interviews Jim DeMint the head of the lead conservative thinktank, the Heritage Foundation.

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Stewart schools DeMint on the GOP tendency to demonize government per se. Rather than pointing out problems in government, the GOP always wanted to demonize the very notion of government.

At another point, DeMint denies that Heritage came up with the government shutdown.  Except of course, they were behind the shutdown:

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And PS, another thing that Heritage created, which it likes to deny, is the Obamacare “individual mandate.”  From our earlier coverage…

Here’s the cover of Heritage’s 1989 publication:

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And in a section called “The Heritage Plan,” Butler sets the premise for a form of guaranteed universal health care that would be anathema to the far-right Tea Party that controls the Republican party today:

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A few pages down into the “Heritage Plan,” Butler proposes the individual mandate:

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  • TampaZeke

    That was weak! John let him get away with murder in that interview. Very disappointing.

  • ronbo

    Nixon sits to the left of the Leadership in today’s DEMOCRATIC party. And yet today we still have party supporters who demand that we move to the right along with the Democratic Leadership.

  • Eric Brewto

    So since DeMint and Heritage are running away from the Individual Mandate as fast as they can now, does that mean they endorse Hillary’s plan for Universal Health Care? http://www.ericbrewton.com

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’m sure the only thought in DeMint’s mind was, “Enough of this Senator gig. Time to cash in while I’m still young enough to enjoy those millions.”

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    It’s very important to always remember that Jim DeMint thought a job at the Heritage Foundation was more important, and more influential, than being a US Senator. So much so that he couldn’t even wait for his term to end, he had to jump ship immediately. Not that most of the Heritage Foundation’s ideas have ever been all that great, but with leadership like that, they might as well just give up on being taken seriously outside of the Teabagger echo chamber ever again.

  • Silver_Witch

    I watched this the other night and immediately had to go see the “extended” interview – simply because Jon schooled him so well during the interview. And yet DeMint acted as if he were right and at one point indicated that young people just don’t understand and won’t be able to “obtain the American dream”…

    But my Favorite Part is when Jon asked DeMint what America could do to win him back (at 0:24). DeMint is a self-righteous hater…and it comes over loud and clear.

  • Silver_Witch

    I agree wholeheartedly BeccaM that Nixon would be a total Hippy to the GOP now, and the Democrats are decidedly Right of the Center Right.

    I think the GOPers though have regressed to the 1800′s and the time of the Robber Barons, and ladies swooning quietly in the corner.

  • judybrowni

    When the Republicans had to deal with a majority of Democrats in power, they were forced to be more moderate.

    When Republicans are in power, that pushes the Democrats naturally to ape those we elect.

    Guess which way is out?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Well, the NRA used to be in favor of universal background checks before buying firearms, with no gun show or private sale loopholes.

    And let’s not forget, by today’s standards, Nixon was a lefty-socialist hippie in terms of domestic and foreign policy.

    It says everything how the Dems have moved into the political territory occupied by conservative Republicans of the late 80s and early 90s, while GOPers are comfortable with the idea of cheering for uninsured people to die quickly.

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