Jim DeMint And Tom Coburn Led. George Voinovich Cried.

Mediocre Republican senator, George Voinovich, is spouting off at the mouth — and naturally, it’s about his fellow Republicans, not the Democratic Party,

Too many conservative senators like Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are to blame for the GOP’s downfall, one of their retiring Republican colleagues complained Monday.

“We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns,” Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) told the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s the southerners.”

Voinovich, a native Clevelander who retires after the 2010 election, continued after the southern elements of the GOP.

“They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr,'” he said. “People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?'”

It’s funny that there always seem to be squishes like Voinovich carping about conservatives who supposedly want to run all the moderates out of the party. Meanwhile, what I seem to hear over and over again, except from a few hotheads here and there, is that conservatives understand that we’re going to get moderate candidates in left-of-center states.

On the other hand, it seems to me that it’s always moderates who want to run blocks of voters out of the party. “Oh, we can’t afford to be fiscally conservative anymore. Forget about that.” “Social conservatives? We need to get rid of those Jesus freaks!” Now, we’ve got George Voinovich actually saying that the problem with the Republican Party is that it has Southerners in it. As a Southerner, I would be offended by that except for the fact that nobody I know gives a damn what George Voinochich thinks about anything.

Additionally, since when did Tom Coburn become a Southerner? Granted, the great state of Oklahoma is right above Texas, but they also fought for the Union in the Civil War. If they’re a “southern state” in any meaningful sense, so’s Arizona, Colorado, and half of California.

Setting that aside, it’s worth asking: how did Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn become “leaders” in the GOP? Neither of them is actually in the Republican leadership, right? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that Coburn and DeMint usually didn’t go along with the crowd in the Senate over the last few years, while the party was getting creamed at the ballot box, and now they both still have their credibility.

Meanwhile, George Voinovich was following the party leadership over the side of a cliff, like a lemming, and is mostly known for getting so upset over John Bolton that he cried like a girl in the Senate. Here’s the video of Voinovich blubbering over John Bolton, who was one of Bush’s best appointments:

Gee, why do you think men like DeMint and Coburn have more sway with conservatives than people like George Voinovich today? Maybe it’s because they led while Voinovich cried.

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