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American Spectator reports on Jim DeMint’s speech to the Hillsborough GOP

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A fairly good writer once said: There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads, God knows where. Or words to that effect.

The tide in 2010, in Florida and across the nation, appears to be a conservative reaction to the leftward lurch in Washington. We see this among Republicans, independents, even among a limited number of sentient Democrats. The late enchantment with the little hustler from Chicago appears to have largely dissipated. Buyers’ remorse has set in.

Considering the prevailing mood, when the Hillsborough County (Tampa) Republican Executive Committee was looking for a keynote speaker for their Lincoln Day dinner last Saturday, they landed no less than South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, a national conservative leader.

DeMint established the Senate Conservatives Fund to help U.S. Senate candidates willing to fight for limited government, a strong national defense, and family values. He’s active in recruiting conservative Senate candidates, and has strongly backed conservative former Florida House speaker Marco Rubio over moderate-to-liberal Florida governor Charlie Crist for the nomination to the Senate seat Mel Martinez resigned from last summer.

Before the dinner I visited with DeMint. For the rest of that conversation, please visit here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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