The back-and-forth between Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and President Obama continued Monday night with a passionate speech on the Senate floor. DeMint was called out directly by the president on Monday for suggesting health care could be Obama's "Waterloo." Later that evening, the Republican senator responded.
Obama "can't back up the utopian promises he's making about a government takeover of health care," DeMint said. After asserting that Democrats, not Republicans, had killed practical health care reform, he concluded, "I would encourage the president to stop the rhetoric."
Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is blasting out DeMint's "Waterloo" comment, tying it to a larger narrative of Republican obstructionism.