Former U.S. Budget Chairman John Spratt (who is apparently still alive) ripped fiscal conservative hero Jim DeMint as an opportunist who is more interested in obtaining “national recognition” and “favor or support” than staying true to a particular ideology.

In an interview with reporter Corey Hutchins published in The Progressive, Spratt recalls DeMint coming to his office in 1999 (shortly after the latter’s election to the U.S. House) and telling him that he didn’t want to be viewed as a partisan politician.

“I thought he was saying to me that he was going to be a moderate Republican, not an extremely conservative Republican, and for a while he might have been,” Spratt told Hutchins.

“It wasn’t long before he was voting his own choices, his own pattern, and he was far more conservative than I thought he was going to be,” Spratt continued. “I think he decided somewhere along the way that this didn’t lead to anywhere in particular, that he wanted to get national recognition and stake out a claim himself for a certain part of the political process and he needed to build a base – his own base. It was not apparent what he’d done until a few years ago when he began making PAC contributions to any number of different members, which suggested that he was trying to win their favor or support.”


Last time we checked DeMint supported candidates based on their fiscal credentials, without worrying about whether they were frontrunners or longshots. In fact what he does with his Senate Conservatives Fund – which is about to splinter off and become a SuperPAC capable of receiving unlimited donations – is the precise opposite of trying to win “favor or support” in Washington, D.C.

If anything, DeMint infuriates the “Republican” leadership in Congress … who are all too often every bit as eager to grow government as their Democratic counterparts (a.k.a. “bipartisanshit”).

As for Spratt – who was ousted from his seat in 2010 after nearly three decades in Congress – he should know a thing or two about winning insider favor and support. After all, he spent a pile of special interest money trying to scare old people in his district into believing that then-State Senator Mick Mulvaney stole $30 million from them and wanted to raise their grocery taxes.

Neither of the charges were true, but apparently Spratt felt that the attack would balance out the $4.6 trillion in deficit spending he approved as budget chairman, or the fact that he personally shepherded U.S. President Barack Obama’s controversial socialized medicine legislation through his committee.

It didn’t …

We get that John Spratt doesn’t like Jim DeMint – or agree with him ideologically. But alleging that DeMint is somehow an opportunist who’s looking to win favors in Washington with his activism is ridiculous – and saying so makes Spratt look like he’s either incredibly bitter or increasingly senile.