HASHTAG #cutcapbalance

DESCRIPTION Despite its catchy handle, this is not the new conservative dance trend. Rather this pledge asks potential nominees to oppose any increase in the US debt limit, unless "substantial" spending cuts are instituted, and "enforceable spending caps" — "that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget" — are enacted. Despite ambiguous calls for substantial cuts, though, candidates are not asked to guarantee military spending reductions.

MESSIAH An influencer with two feet on Capitol Hill and his nose up the Tea Party's asshole, GOP Senator JIM DEMINT of South Carolina (with help from other far-right legislators and nefarious groups, including David Koch's FreedomWorks) is the latest big hitter in the pledge game. Adhering to his bestselling blueprint, Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide into Socialism, DeMint will, if given an opportunity, use this declaration to routinely clobber whichever of these fools get elected.

WHO SIGNED Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, Thaddeus McCotter, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum

ELECTORAL REPERCUSSIONS Having to look at DeMint's mechanical disappointment face.  

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