During a call with right-wing activists on Friday, Sen. Jim DeMint claimed that if Republicans “able to stop” President Obama’s push for health care reform “it will be his Waterloo.” “It will break him,” declared DeMint. At the National Press Club today, RNC Chairman Michael Steele agreed with DeMint, saying, “I think that’s a good way to put it.” On Laura Ingraham’s radio show today, former House speaker Newt Gingrich agreed that it “could be” as well:
GINGRICH: If I were the Obama people, I’d be a little worried. This morning’s Washington Post reported that on health care he’s dropped below 50 percent approval. So, it may be that the more he talks, the more people pay attention, the weaker this bill is going to get. And then he has a profound problem for the rest of his presidency. This could be the bill that drags his whole presidency down and they look back on it and suddenly the whole thing is unraveled.
ARROYO: Yeah, the Waterloo as some in Congress are calling it now.
GINGRICH: Could be.
According to OpenSecrets, DeMint has received $2,917,870 from the health care industry since 2004. During his 2004 re-election campaign, DeMint was the second highest recipient of money from health professionals, trailing only Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).