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Jim DeMint, Congressional Republicans' Shadow Speaker

Jim DeMint’s fervent mission to slay Obamacare, sabotage the budget talks, school John Boehner, put a real conservative in the White House—and save America

Behind this week’s cover

When Congress adjourned for its August recess this year, most members avoided the town hall meetings that were once the standard venue for hearing from constituents. They were too afraid. Ever since activists opposed to President Obama’s health-care bill ambushed lawmakers in August 2009, few members are willing to risk a confrontation being immortalized on YouTube—or, worse, Fox News. Trips home are now carefully choreographed affairs that limit spontaneous voter contact.