DeMint says 'Waterloo' comment was a call to arms in Massachusetts

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said his description of healthcare reform as a possible “Waterloo” defeat for President Barack Obama has been supported overwhelmingly by voters in Massachusetts.
 
“I’m not looking for vindication but I do believe that was a call to arms early in this race. I was one of the first who was willing to take the president on directly on an agenda that I thought was out of control,” DeMint said Wednesday. “So I certainly don’t regret saying it.”

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An election-night poll by Rasmussen found that 56 percent of Massachusetts voters said that healthcare was the most important issue in the Senate race between victorious Scott Brown (R) and Democrat Martha Coakley.

DeMint caused a storm of controversy over the summer when he told conservative activists during a conference call that defeating healthcare reform would be tantamount to the final military defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte.

“If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo, it will break him,” DeMint said.

DeMint explained Wednesday that he never wanted to break Obama, the man, but rather, “I wanted to break his momentum.”


“I just want this rampage toward spending and debt and government takeovers to slow down and let us work together,” he said.

Invoking the Napoleonic metaphor once again, DeMint warned the president and Democratic leaders to scale back their ambitious agenda in the wake of the Massachusetts election.

“If the president and the Democrats don’t get the message from Massachusetts, it will be their Waterloo,” he said.