Maybe the grass really is always greener on the other side.
On a conference call hosted by Americans For Prosperity, featuring Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the two of them frequently thanked conservatives for coming together and making their voices heard at town hall meetings. But at one point, the two of them also bemoaned that it's so much harder to organize conservatives than it is to keep liberals together.
DeMint explained that conservative people are, by their nature, an independent-minded lot who value their personal freedom. "The Democrats have a different constituency," said DeMint. "The groups supporting them all want more centralized control at the federal level, whether it's energy or health care. So they have united, binding their grievances."
A few minutes later, Bachmann also chimed in on this theme. "The level of organization on the left is far superior to that on the right," she said. "But I would think that just as we saw a historic shift in the electorate last fall, we are seeing another historic shift, at Mach speeds, occurring in United States."
On another fun note, at the very beginning of the call Bachmann said in a jocular tone, "Well hey, it's Jim DeMint for President."
"Well, that's a scary thought," DeMint replied.
"Someone's got to do it, Jim," said Bachmann.
To which DeMint said: "Well, anybody who wants to be President doesn't know how much trouble we're in."
I'll have some more details from the call tomorrow.