TNR's Timothy Noah reminds us of this episodic gem:
[I]n 2010 DeMint threatened to put a hold on every single piece of legislation before the Senate that he did not favor.
Let's be clear about what we're talking about here: the "leadership principle," described in an international court of law in 1946 as "a system under which authority exist[s] only at the top, and [passes] downwards." In Jim DeMint's American system authority by some mysterious means reposits in ... Jim DeMint. There is in our representative-democratic system of deliberation and debate to be no deliberation and no debate. All authority and final judgments rightly reside in the magnificent, incontrovertible leadership of DeMint (& Co).
Such is the twisted mentality being transported to the Heritage Foundation--once conservatism's premier think tank, now but a tank in which thinking is neither needed nor even permissible. Jim DeMint already has the answers. Just ask him.
Which is precisely what a U.S. prosecutor and Supreme Court Justice did in that 1946 international court of law, as he faced one of the leadership principle's still-defiant proponents: "The principles of the authoritarian government which you set up required ... that there be tolerated no opposition by political parties which might defeat or obstruct [your policies]"? Came the DeMint-like, once-dihydrocodeine-addled answer: "You have understood this quite correctly.... [W]e had lived long enough with opposition and we had had enough of it.... It was now time to have done with it and to start building up."
Thus the Heritage Foundation beckons the "building-up" Jim DeMint.