November 15, 2010 McConnell's reversal was a victory for Sen. Jim DeMint who made earmark opposition a litmus test. McConnell's move allowed the GOP leaders in both chambers to be on the same page.
November 4, 2010 McConnell said the only way Republicans can advance their goals was by denying Obama re-election. He was also confident the GOP won't be waiting long for Senate control since 21 Democratic seats will be in play in 2012 compared to 10 GOP seats.
November 3, 2010 Sen. DeMint warned Republican senators-elect that the GOP establishment would try to co-opt them. He urged them not to let that happen. Which places him in conflict with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whose goal is to co-opt them.