Everyone say hello to Secretary of State Jim DeMint (Wingnut- where else? South Carolina):
our U.S. Republican lawmakers met with Honduras’ interim president on Friday in a challenge to Washington’s condemnation of the coup that brought him to power.
The brief, amicable visit with the leaders of the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya highlights a divide in Washington, where the Obama administration is working to reinstate Zelaya but many conservatives side with the government installed after soldiers arrested the president in his pajamas and flew him into exile.
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, the leader of the delegation, said before the trip that even calling Zelaya’s overthrow a coup is “ill-informed and baseless.”
DeMint and three representatives — Aaron Schock and Peter Roskam of Illinois and Doug Lamborn of Colorado — smiled for photographs in a book-lined office of the stately presidential palace with interim President Roberto Micheletti.
I’m sure the right-wing bloggers will be lining up to apologize to Jim McDermott and David Bonior.
On the other hand, I suppose that since DeMint is from South Carolina and a family values guy, he might just be doing the front work for another Appalachian hike for Mark Sanford.