Rush Limbaugh interviews Ed Feulner and Jim DeMint on Heritage Foundation presidency

Rush Limbaugh had both the former Heritage President Ed Feulner and his new successor Jim DeMint on his show today to discuss why DeMint is taking the position and how Heritage plans to move forward.



DeMint admits there is some frustration with the current Republican Party in his decision to leave the Senate, but he says he feels like he’s leaving the Senate better than when he got there with the newer additions of Rubio, Lee, Paul, Cruz, and others.

Also, listen to the end for the joke about Speaker Boehner, where Rush asks if either of them are being forced out by Boehner. They both chuckle and DeMint responds it might be the other way around.

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43 thoughts on “Rush Limbaugh interviews Ed Feulner and Jim DeMint on Heritage Foundation presidency

  1. Conservatives need a leader like DeMint.

    I liked it when Rush ask if Bawnyer was pushing him out and DeMint Replied NO, it might be the other way around though”. LOL What a Reply!

    Rush does very few interviews but when he does one, he ask poignant questions, then gets out of the way and lets the interviewee answer.

  2. There is something wrong when a good man feels he needs to leave office to advance the Conservative view.

    I have ultimate respect for DeMint and wish him all the best in the future!!

    While I wish him the best… I’m still saddened that a good Conservative has left Congress… At a time when we’re trying to get MORE of them!

      1. It’s a multi-pronged approach. Government is only one spoke. The church is another. Each has a valuable role to play and neither can do the job of the other.

        1. stage9,

          I appreciate what you are saying. The problem as I see it is that without the government on solid foot of the founding principles, they cannot play the crucial role necessary.

          For example, government run schools will be in complete opposition to what Demint and Feulner desire to do. Rush has been at it for over 20 years and the needle has moved downward not upward. It took liberals time to get it together and Rush was right that at times we would laugh of the stupidity that was being taught in classes but actually do nothing about it. Sadly we do not have forty or fifty years to undo this damage.

          How is the Heritage Foundation and others like them going to be able to educate any person coming out of those institutions effectively and quickly? One thing I believe we need to do is pull our kids out of the public education system and let it die, no kids/no money. As long as we keep sending our kids to be brainwashed by the government, then Demin and ourselves are spinning our wheels thinking change will happen if we just talk with them after the government is through with them.

    1. Wolfie … Don’t be taken in by the establishment “spin.”

      Demint certainly voted conservatively, but there are codicils.

      Demint threatened many time to derail the progressive freight train. He threatened many times to use Senate procedural maneuvers, of which there are too many to name in this small space, whereby one single Senator could stop the entire Senate in its tracks. Bring it to a complete halt.

      He never carried through on any of those threats. He backed down every single time.

      He could have stopped Obamaocare in many different ways. Again, like all the others, he never did, backing down every single time.

      When Nikki Haley was under attack by the establishment Republicans in South Carolina, Mr. Demint did not rush to support her. Only after Sarah Palin supported her publicly, and a few other prominent Republicans joined in, did Mr. Demint finally offer his endorsement. And that in the last week before her primary election.

      When action called for real courage, Mr. Demint was hiding under his desk. He never showed the slightest inclination to “go it alone,” or “get out in front.”

      I speak only for me, but this is not my definition of a “leader.”

      I appreciate the way Mr. Demint voted/votes, but he is hardly the “warrior” that people are making him out to be. Until he proves otherwise, for me he is just another part of the establishment.

      It is easier for people to believe the propaganda than to look at the facts. Finding the facts takes work and research. It is easier to just take someone else’s “word” for it.

      Hey, if someone else says he’s great, why bother to find out the truth.

      Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

      Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

      Illegitimi non carborundum.

      Barracudas Maximus.

      1. Wikipedia hardly the darling of conservatives has the totality of what Demint has done and I saw nothing that was not commendable and conservative. He certainly was instrumental in getting four new conservative Senators elected through his Senate Conservative Fund.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_DeMint

        1. cabensg … I said Mr. Demint was a reliable voting conservative.

          What I said was, by my definition, using the examples I gave above, that he was not a “leader.”

          In no way did I diminish Mr. Demint’s voting record, or conservative principles.

          I am impressed with his conservatism. I am just not impressed by his leadership skills, for the reasons I listed above.

          Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

          Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

          Illegitimi non carborundum.

          Barracudas Maximus.

          1. In your original comment you said: Until he proves otherwise, for me he is just another part of the establishment.

            I don’t see that and as a Senator in the minority and not in a leadership position I don’t see that he is part of the establishment. Just how much of a leader is a Senator supposed to be except for constituents he represents and his all important voting record. Forming a PAC that was instrumental in electing conservative Senators is definitely being a leader and is more than any of the other Senators did. Much more than just speeches. I’m still not saying over the years he was some great leader in fact I’ll take dependable solid conservative voting Senators any day.

            1. cabensg … My opinion on this matter is fluid.

              There were, as I pointed out in previous posts, a number of times when Senator DeMint could have taken steps to stop the Obamao/socialist/marxist agenda in the Senate. He threatened to do so. However, when push came to shove, he backed down.

              Perhaps, with no political career to protect, he will be more forceful.

              I appreciate everything Mr. DeMint has done, and it has all been very effective.

              Your points are well taken. Let’s hope that, unshackled from political commitments, he forges into the vanguard of returning our country to We The People.

              Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

              Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

              Illegitimi non carborundum

              Barracudas Maximus.

              1. Thanks for answer. I think many conservatives like we are have finally come to the realization we have a formidable enemy that’s going to take more effort than we’ve put forth in the past including Demint. He was a lone voice in the Senate for a long time and I don’t know how working alone works, if you know what I mean. We all could have done much more before it became an emergency. I hope he views our efforts going forward as imperative not business as usual. It’s hard to be optimistic about anyone when we’ve been betrayed so often in the past. As Reagan would say, trust but verify.

    2. Agreed. We need more DeMints in the Senate. I would have preferred that he remained there and not only educated more R senators but also bump McConnell and head the conservatives there.

      I do not see his move as being good for us. The Heritage Foundation, as wonderful as it is, cannot VOTE on legislation. When we have Rs like Collins and Snowe plus compromisers like Lindsay, we need the DeMints of this world to counter these RINO twits.

    3. Yes there is something wrong when a good man feels he needs to leave Congress to advance conservative views……we all know there is very many things seriously wrong with this country. Hoping his move to Heritage will make our views more well known. He can use marketing experience to bring our conservative ideals into the mainstream.

    4. Wolfie:

      I see your point. Maybe, DeMint was tired of the trench warfare. Maybe, he felt that his influence had run its course. But whatever the reason, I wish more elected officials chose to voluntarily relinquish power than hold onto it.

      Look at Arlen Specter. Look at Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy, they literally died in office. They made a travesty of the system, and instead our sick powers that be, lionized them for their “service.”

  3. I wish DeMint lots of luck. He’s going to need it if he’s going to try and change the current popular culture. I hate to say this, folks, but if you want to convince the “low information voters” out there that conservatism is the key to their economic problems, you’re going to have to do more than use the Heritage Foundation to do it. You are going to need TV shows, and A LOT of them. You are going to need something to compete against the Daily Show, David Letterman, Colbert, The Tonight Show, Rolling Stone magazine, Us magazine, and radio shows like “The Pimp with a Limp” which is based in Florida (honest, that was a real show Obama went on during the campaign). Unfortunately, this is where low information voters get all of their news from, and let’s not even talk about the mainstream news media. But the late Andrew Breitbart was right. You need to defeat the popular culture if you want to start winning national elections again. Conservatism works at the local level (sometimes, although not in states like California or New York), and we should nurture that. But if you want to win the White House again, you NEED to defeat the far-left popular culture in the media. THAT is where the next battle for the White House will be won or lost.

  4. Yes, the Boehner remark was very telling.

    The worst remark was Demint saying, “Harry Reid is a friend of mine.”

    Anyone who is a “friend” of Harry Reid, is no friend of mine. And no friend of conservatives.

    I will believe in The Heritage Foundation when they back candidates from a newly formed conservative Party. Until then, they are just another part of the establishment.

    Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

    Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

    Illegitimi non carborundum.

    Barracudas Maximus.

    1. I used to be a Heritage member but tend to agree with you – haven’t seen a definitive sign that they are conservative. The DeMint story http://www.therightscoop.com/keeping-his-promise-sen-jim-demint-resigning-from-senate-in-january/ on TRS earlier today had this statement:

      Mr. DeMint, an active conservative partisan often at odds with his party’s leadership, says he will “protect the integrity of Heritage’s research and not politicize the policy component. Heritage is not just another grassroots political group.”

      I [Crow] say, “No, we need to unabashedly politicize our message.” Maybe DeMint will alter their course…we’ll see.

      1. Iwjw1 … Hard to tell if you are being sarcastic as I cannot see your expression.

        Either way, if you are a constitutional conservative first and foremost, then you already have joined.

        If you are seeking to join a “formal” conservative Party, there are already a number of them out there. Also, I would suggest getting involved at the local level with whatever TEA Party, or other grassroots patriot organization is in your area.

        At this stage, it would be unwise for any organization to start broadcasting their plans, as this would give the establishment and its Ministry of Propaganda a running start toward sabotaging the movement. Such as we have already seen.

        Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

        Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

        Illegitimi non carborundum.

        Barracudas Maximus.

  5. DeMint actually said “Harry Reid isn’t the problem.” Good Lord, can’t anybody here play this friggin’ game?

    1. rocco … Glad you caught that, as did I.

      He also said, “Harry Reid is a friend of mine.”

      As I said in my post below, anyone who is a friend of Harry Reid, is no friend of mine. And no friend of conservatives.

      He may have just been being polite, but the time for politeness has long passed. People like Harry Reid may slap Senator Demint on the back and call him “friend,” but they really hate him. Is he too stupid to understand that?

      When the new conservative Party starts fielding candidates, then we will find out whether or not Jim Demint, and The Heritage Foundation, are really conservatives and believe in serving We The People, or if they are just another part of the establishment.

      Although I believe I already know the answer to that question, I will withhold judgement until “the chips are on the table.”

      I’m sure everyone is familiar with the old saying, “When you are bitten on the ass by a rattlesnake … that’s when you find out who your real friends are.”

      Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

      Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

      Illegitimi non carborundum.

      Barracudas Maximus.

      1. What it sounds like to me, is that DeMint is saying that Reid is not the problem, (Reid is doing his job, being an effective mouthpiece for the Left), Republicans are the problem, (they abrogated their responisibilities long ago, when they started giving in and even began supporting Leftist values).

        1. co2isgood … “I hear what I want to hear.”

          You “heard” what you wanted to “hear.”

          Mr. Demint also said, “Harry Reid is a friend of mine.”

          One simple question, is Harry Reid a “friend” of yours?

          Republicans are not “the problem.” They are certainly a part of “the problem.”

          The entire establishment is “the problem.” Harry Reid is, without question, a part of “the problem.” And he is no “friend” to any freedom loving citizen of the U.S.A.

          Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

          Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

          Illegitimi non carborundum.

          Barracudas Maximus.

          1. WTH? Harry Reid is one the largest domestic threats to our Constitution. And why did Ctr for Amer Prog Leon Panetta get approved 100-0? We’re not paying you schmucks to be friendly, now balance a budget and pass term limits already.

      2. “He may have just been being polite, but the time for politeness has long passed. People like Harry Reid may slap Senator Demint on the back and call him “friend,” but they really hate him. Is he too stupid to understand that?”

        Spot on. The time for politeness is long gone. He must be too stupid to understand that. Why would he want to be polite when Harry Reid claims that Mitt Romney is a felon? Answer: DeMint is just another fool. Another hack. Another loser.

    2. I caught that too and could not believe my ears. I googled the quote to see what others had to say and here I am. If DeMint (and anyone else that claim to be conservative, libertarian, or Republican) truly believe that Harry Reid is a ‘friend’, then we really are “over the cliff”, and I am not speaking about the fiscal cliff. No, they can’t play the game; which is why things have gotten so bad. I have ZERO respect for DeMint and truly believe he is a fool.

  6. Like it, and “liked” it.

    Sen Demint: “Advertising, marketing, and research.”

    Rush: “Penetrate low information voters.” (sounds nasty 😉

    Rush: “Is Boehner pushing you out?”

    Sen. Demint: (with a slight chuckle) “It might work the other way around.”

    Sounds very good.

    Hip, hip, hooooooray of sunshine!

  7. I still believe overall that this is a good thing. Jim DeMint is a champion for conservatives and the Tea Party. The Heritage Foundation is one of the best conservative organizations out there. Put these two together and the future looks brighter for America.

    Thanks Scoop!

  8. Recently I have been thinking that conservatives need to confront the Republican Party. Conservatives need to tell the GOP that if the party continues to dump on conservatives then they’re going to leave the party. If Boehner and the rest only want to listen to moderates and only want to give moderates committee assignments, then let them find out how many elections they will win without conservative support.

    I do hope that Boehner does end up losing his place of power. He’s been abusing that power.

    1. I already informed the GOP that I quit. Re-registered as an Independant until we get a third party that represents “We The People.”

      I say “Starve the GOP beast until it is pliable, or it dies.”

      That means when the Republican numbers fall to a pittance, the GOP may then want to listen to us and do what we want. It will probably be too late to revive the GOP by then. The GOPe will go down swinging, but they need to go down enough to feel the pain. They need to feel the same pain we feel every time they go against Conservative principles to vote against us and every time that Boehner has given in and stabbed Conservatives in the back.

      Boehner & all the rest of the GOPe need to be primaried & replaced by good
      Conservatives.

    2. Theodore Roosevelt had the idea he should divide the Republican party and that didn’t work out well at all… Boehner from OHIO should be respected, supported and not undermined , if we want to Win Ohio and a national election again. Boehner is many times better than Pelosi… I’m a Republican that remembers supporting Goldwater… I’m plenty conservative enough, but we’ve got to put together a coalition that can Win the presidency again- sniping at Boenher absolutely isn’t going to help us now. Let’s circle the wagons and shoot Outwards- not inwards at one another…

      1. I’m not a Republican, or a partisan in any regard. I don’t care in the least which party gets people elected. I’m a right-winger, not entirely a conservative, but I’m close. If the Democrats were to start fielding conservatives for office, then they would get my vote. I vote for the people who most closely reflect my own ideology.

        If the elected officials in the GOP are not going to stand by their promises, and stick to the principles they claim to believe in, then what good are they? As far as I can tell, the only difference between the moderate Republicans and the far-left Democrats is the speed at which they wish to turn the U.S. into a socialist nation. No thanks.

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