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Sen. Jim DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation (leaving US Senate in January)
WSJ ^

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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 112th; demint; feulner; goinggalt; heritagefoundation; jimdemint; retirement; whoisjohngalt
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1 posted on 12/06/2012 7:31:50 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: upchuck

This is terrible news


2 posted on 12/06/2012 7:33:14 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: Perdogg

NOOOOO!!!!


3 posted on 12/06/2012 7:33:57 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Perdogg

I’m not sure how to take this news.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 7:34:09 AM PST by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: Perdogg

whoa - wha?


5 posted on 12/06/2012 7:34:19 AM PST by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: Perdogg

He will be greatly missed.


6 posted on 12/06/2012 7:34:55 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Perdogg

Maybe he’s making inroads for a run at the White House in ‘16.

I hope so.


7 posted on 12/06/2012 7:35:09 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Perdogg

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.


8 posted on 12/06/2012 7:35:19 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Perdogg

Does he feel that he can be more of a factor at Heritage, or is he just tired of battling in the Senate?


9 posted on 12/06/2012 7:35:19 AM PST by MNGal
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To: Perdogg
I can understand Senator DeMint's abject frustration with this body of anal orificies. But we need more people like him at the levers of power, not less.
10 posted on 12/06/2012 7:35:19 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Perdogg

Congrats to Senator Tim Scott (R)


11 posted on 12/06/2012 7:36:03 AM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

Now that would be a great pick.


12 posted on 12/06/2012 7:37:23 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Perdogg; Big Giant Head

Noooooooo! We need him!


13 posted on 12/06/2012 7:37:23 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: Rashputin

Any watercooler guesses as to his appointed replacement?


14 posted on 12/06/2012 7:38:10 AM PST by txhurl (Zero on America: Drive it like you stole it)
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To: Perdogg

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?


15 posted on 12/06/2012 7:38:10 AM PST by tentmaker (Galt's Gulch is a state of mind...)
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To: MNGal


The fix is in.
16 posted on 12/06/2012 7:38:29 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Perdogg

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.


17 posted on 12/06/2012 7:42:50 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jimbo123

McConnel looks like a turtle in that picture.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 7:43:13 AM PST by MNGal
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To: Perdogg

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.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 7:43:51 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Perdogg

Erik Eriksson is in for Neal Boortz

Erik said Jim will be on Rush today...


20 posted on 12/06/2012 7:43:51 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: tentmaker
“How about Trey Gowdy?”

YES! He could more than make up for the loss of Demint.

21 posted on 12/06/2012 7:44:23 AM PST by Josephat
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To: Tennessee Nana

I am depressed, more bad news.


22 posted on 12/06/2012 7:44:28 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: Perdogg

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.


23 posted on 12/06/2012 7:44:42 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: tentmaker

“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.


24 posted on 12/06/2012 7:45:07 AM PST by plain talk
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Exactly he say the handwriting on the wall. Probably preempting him from being purged like in the house anyway.


25 posted on 12/06/2012 7:45:16 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: MNGal

A Post Turtle.


26 posted on 12/06/2012 7:45:59 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Perdogg

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.


27 posted on 12/06/2012 7:47:23 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: corkoman
He will be sorely missed.

Wonder if he'll stay with the Senate Conservatives PAC. Hope so.

28 posted on 12/06/2012 7:49:42 AM PST by Jane Long (Philippians 2:11)
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To: Perdogg

Any thoughts on Nikki Haley appointing herself?

If not how about Tim Scott.

I shall miss Jim, he was the spine of the Senate.


29 posted on 12/06/2012 7:50:50 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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To: Perdogg

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.


30 posted on 12/06/2012 7:51:20 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Perdogg
We have no one to fight for us.....

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.

See tagline.....

31 posted on 12/06/2012 7:51:20 AM PST by CAluvdubya (We're doomed....)
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To: Perdogg

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.


32 posted on 12/06/2012 7:51:29 AM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: plain talk

I wonder if Nikki might appoint herself.


33 posted on 12/06/2012 7:51:54 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: Perdogg

crap.

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.


34 posted on 12/06/2012 7:52:36 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Perdogg
Everybody seems to be forgetting.

“I can tell conservatives from my perspective is that, I’m not only comfortable with Romney, I’m 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.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/294206/demint-all-endorses-romney-katrina-trinko#

35 posted on 12/06/2012 7:53:15 AM PST by McGruff (No New RINOs!)
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To: Perdogg; All
You can't fix what is dysfunctional, broken, or against you.

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...

36 posted on 12/06/2012 7:54:17 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: MNGal

“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?


37 posted on 12/06/2012 7:56:18 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: CAluvdubya

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.


38 posted on 12/06/2012 7:57:23 AM PST by MachIV
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To: Jane Long

DeMint sees the writing on the wall.

I can’t blame him one bit.


39 posted on 12/06/2012 7:57:52 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Perdogg

Think he will be able to vote against Boehner for speaker before he leaves?


40 posted on 12/06/2012 7:58:18 AM PST by annieokie
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To: tentmaker

Yes, I’ve only heard Gowdy speak a couple times on TV, but came away extremely impressed.


41 posted on 12/06/2012 7:59:08 AM PST by mtrott
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To: LdSentinal

Ooh. Now there’s a thought. :-)

I really like Tim Scott, one of the few campaigns I contributed to (from out of state)


42 posted on 12/06/2012 7:59:24 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Perdogg

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”.


43 posted on 12/06/2012 8:00:19 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: Perdogg

Well, if there is a silver lining, Haley gets to appoint Demint’s successor. Maybe someone equally as conservative?


44 posted on 12/06/2012 8:02:19 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: annieokie

No. He’s in the Senate and Boner is in the house.


45 posted on 12/06/2012 8:02:37 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: Perdogg

Sad news...I have the highest regard for DeMint. America’s loss...one of the best in the senate..ever.


46 posted on 12/06/2012 8:03:09 AM PST by katiedidit1
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To: Perdogg

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.


47 posted on 12/06/2012 8:06:10 AM PST by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: MNGal

48 posted on 12/06/2012 8:09:59 AM PST by lysie
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To: Arrowhead1952

UH, just DUH on me. I KNEW THAT.........need a nap now.


49 posted on 12/06/2012 8:10:08 AM PST by annieokie
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To: Perdogg

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.


50 posted on 12/06/2012 8:10:44 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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