Skip to comments.Sen. Jim DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation (leaving US Senate in January)
Posted on 12/06/2012 7:31:44 AM PST by Perdogg
South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina's junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million.
Sen. DeMint's departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint's replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.
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This is terrible news
I’m not sure how to take this news.
whoa - wha?
He will be greatly missed.
Maybe he’s making inroads for a run at the White House in ‘16.
I hope so.
He didn’t want to run again in 2010. The only reason he did was to hold that seat for Coservatives and hope that they would get a majority in the Senate and the House.
He and his wife need the break from all the crap that goes with politics and they’ve sure earned it.
Does he feel that he can be more of a factor at Heritage, or is he just tired of battling in the Senate?
Congrats to Senator Tim Scott (R)
Now that would be a great pick.
Noooooooo! We need him!
Any watercooler guesses as to his appointed replacement?
He may be more effective at Heritage than he could be in the Senate. And it opens up a slot for a new young senator. How about Trey Gowdy?
Not a good sign at all.
DeMint is far smarter than the average bear. Obviously he has assessed the lay of the land and determined that if he stays in the Senate he is going to be awash in Leftist chuckleheads and GOP quislings for the rest of his natural life.
McConnel looks like a turtle in that picture.
Either way I just hope the republicans have their act together come 2014 because the SEIU is going to put boots on the ground in Carolina to capture those seats.
Erik Eriksson is in for Neal Boortz
Erik said Jim will be on Rush today...
YES! He could more than make up for the loss of Demint.
I am depressed, more bad news.
Very sad to see him go, however, he must have a very strong candidate to take his place in mind, along with Governor Haley. I hope this move comes as a prep for a WH plan. We’ll have to see.
“He may be more effective at Heritage than he could be in the Senate. And it opens up a slot for a new young senator. How about Trey Gowdy?”
I doubt it. We have few real senators and this is a major loss. We need people like him PLUS new blood to replace RINOs not conservatives.
Exactly he say the handwriting on the wall. Probably preempting him from being purged like in the house anyway.
A Post Turtle.
It’s terrible news to us not to have his representation in the Senate, but he’s probably seeing greater impact value of heading an organization like the Heritage Foundation than having to deal with the likes of Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid on a regular basis.
Wonder if he'll stay with the Senate Conservatives PAC. Hope so.
Any thoughts on Nikki Haley appointing herself?
If not how about Tim Scott.
I shall miss Jim, he was the spine of the Senate.
I’d say that Nikki Haley might appoint herself, but most South Carolinians probably think that at least one of the state’s senators should be a male.
I guess elections really are useless. We elect conservatives only to have the likes of Boehner pull them from any position of power. Now the remaining conservatives just leave.
Why didn’t they take Grahamnesty instead? That would get him out of the Senate and they could fire him a week later. The severance would be worth every penny. We could even take up a collection.
I wonder if Nikki might appoint herself.
What about Senate Conservative Fund???????
This is terrible. Can’t say I blame him, as one man can only take so much, but this is terrible news.
I can tell conservatives from my perspective is that, Im not only comfortable with Romney, Im excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee, DeMint said. Again, this is not a formal endorsement and I do not intend to do that right now but I just think we just need to look at where we are.
You have to go around it, he is "reloading" like Sarah did when she quit.
We will need him @ Heritage for when the E-GOP implodes and we finally move out from the Divorce they gave us a long time ago and try to build a new Conservative Party.
Prepare to gird your loins Freepers...
“Does he feel that he can be more of a factor at Heritage, or is he just tired of battling in the Senate?”
I think the latter part of your reply says it all.
DeMint sees the writing on the wall. Harry Reid is going to do whatever he can to further marginalize the “Republican voice” in the Senate — his move to end the filibuster shows where things are going there.
The Senate isn’t going to be an enjoyable chamber in which to be a Republican for the next four years. Indeed, the struggle may last much -longer than- four years.
Are there any conservatives down there who would make a competent replacement?
I agree. Our swirling motion around the drain just sped up faster and moved us closer to the hole. Just when you think things politically couln’t get much worse.....it does.
DeMint sees the writing on the wall.
I can’t blame him one bit.
Think he will be able to vote against Boehner for speaker before he leaves?
Yes, I’ve only heard Gowdy speak a couple times on TV, but came away extremely impressed.
Ooh. Now there’s a thought. :-)
I really like Tim Scott, one of the few campaigns I contributed to (from out of state)
Sorry to See Sen. DeMint go....he was one of the Good ones in the Senate. I just hope our Gov. Haley doesn’t decide on a bit of a political play just before HER 2014 re-election and nominate some RINO or worse a Democrat as to be “Bi-Partisan”.
Well, if there is a silver lining, Haley gets to appoint Demint’s successor. Maybe someone equally as conservative?
No. He’s in the Senate and Boner is in the house.
Sad news...I have the highest regard for DeMint. America’s loss...one of the best in the senate..ever.
We are losing a good conservative in the senate, but Gov. Nikki Haley will replace him with a similar person who will also vote with the Republicans.
The Heritage Foundation will preserve the lamp of liberty and freedom for a while. May God allow our wonderful USA to learn the good way of a constitutional republic sometime in the future. Your great grand children may survive to see such a land.
UH, just DUH on me. I KNEW THAT.........need a nap now.
DeMint knows that the Reid feifdom will leave the GOP neutered for the next two years and the stupid party will not be taking the Senate back in the near future. He also understands that we’re in a long game. Conservatives have ceded education and the media to the left and we have to start slowly taking control back. He’s going where he can actually do some long term good. Good for him.