Jim DeMint, Out of the Senate and In at Heritage

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is out of the Senate and in at the Heritage Foundation.

Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced that he will leave the Senate at the beginning of January to become the next president of The Heritage Foundation, the largest and most respected conservative think tank in America.

“It’s been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in United States Senate for the past eight years, but now it’s time for me to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for America’s future.

“I’m leaving the Senate now, but I’m not leaving the fight. I’ve decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas. No organization is better equipped to lead this fight and I believe my experience in public office as well as in the private sector as a business owner will help Heritage become even more effective in the years to come.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will now appoint a replacement, whose term will last until 2014, which means both seats will be contested in the next election. It also means we likely won’t see a conservative challenger to Lindsey Graham in the primaries unless Governor Haley puts someone in the seat conservative enough they won’t attract challengers. She might do that. I’ve been surprised before.

Honestly, I don’t know what to think about DeMint’s move. My inner political cynic has been on a real  “I told you so” kick lately and it’s not wrong, but I’ll spare you its initial reactions. You all tell me what you think!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000112736668 Richard Graham

    I Think He is ready to deal with Agenda21… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJW8lOzJJPE&feature=share . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000174878787 Lori Gibson

    Huge news? But is it good or bad? What a terrible time to leave Senate!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705156293 Jane Clarke Myers

    I am VERY sad to see DeMint go- we NEED him in the Senate!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729015175 Scott Johnson

    Disturbing, to say the least.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1451460028 Allan Kidd

    Hey Nikki, pick me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1337145039 Donna Willis Coghlan

    I think he’s about to be on Rush. This could be big!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1116514192 William R. Shaneyfelt

    Can’t be effective in that stupid legislative blot, might as well go some place where he can make a difference.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1175468782 Leona Ernest Matcuk

    He will be missed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484792050 Lloyd Robinson