So, one has to ask the question: Why is Jim DeMint doing this?
Sen. Jim DeMint announced that he will force a vote next week on a bill that prevents the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.
The South Carolina Republican’s bill, the Broadcaster Freedom Act, is cosponsored by John Thune, R-S.D., and 27 others and will be offered as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill…
Sen. DeMint stated: “I’m glad President Obama finally confirmed his opposition to the Fairness Doctrine, which attacks the right of free speech on talk radio, but many Democrats in Congress are still pushing it.
“With the support of the new administration, now is the time for Congress to take a stand against this kind of censorship. I intend to seek a vote on this amendment next week so every senator is on record: Do you support free speech or do you want to silence voices you disagree with?”
Pure political theatre, that's why.
Not content with hearing for himself that the President has no desire to go that route, DeMint is more interested in finding out how many members on Congress would be willing to say "yes".
However, his Achillies Heel is going to be his own Hubris.
Since Repblicans, en masse, voted "no" on the Stimulus, what makes DeMint so sure that they are going to walk right into an obvious trap such a this?
I guess we'll see.