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.
Comments: That a huge loss this is for the Senate. He was one of the few clarion voices for conservatives.
While I hate to see him leave, I´m sure the people of SC will be smart enough to elect someone who shares his values. Besides, after Boehner´s cave in, I believe the Republican party is finished and we need a new Conservative party to replace it. In his role in the Heritage Foundation, he is in a perfect position to help accomplish that.
In spite of the loss, I love to see good, strong people move up. This is a promotion for Senator DeMint and he deserves after laboring long and hard under the Establishment Republicans´ collective thumb.
Congratulations, Senator. May you live long and prosper as a strong voice for Conservatives throughout the country!
Senator DeMint is one of the few conserative warriors in DC and I´m sad to see him go. The Heritage Foundation couldn´t have done any better. I don´t blame him for leaving. If I had to deal with not only the crumb Harry Reid but jokers like his fellow SC senator Graham and loser McCain I´d bail too. I´m sure that Gov Haley will apoint someone good to fill in until the next election to balance out the goober.
Not Henry, please. He is establishment. Mick Mulvaney would be a better choice, or Trey Gowdy, or Jeff Duncan. Someone in a House district where there is a good chance of another conservative being elected or appointed. A good replacement for a House member who might be appointed would be Bill Connor, who ran for Lt Gov here.
#18, I heard DeMint´s remark while the Republican primaries were underway. While I wasn´t particularly happy with the slate of candidates, I thought that ceding the election to Obama for another 4 years in the interest of ´principles´ was asking way too much. In the end, Romeny was probably the most capable candidate of the bunch. The election was not a blow-out for Obama, showing that Romeny did have a wide appeal...I just wish he had more fire in his belly and stood up unapologeticaly for some of the stuff the Dems put around his neck... (like his 47% comment). But if one follow´s DeMint´s logic, then you are doomed to be irrelevant, like an annoying little dog -- always nipping at the heels of the ruling party but having no influence on the outcome.
Sen DeMint is wasted in the Senate - this looks to be a good move for him - moving to an organization where his abilities and philosophy will matterand make a difference. I like The Heritage Party - good name - Trey Gowdy is a force to be reckoned with - he has spoken out clearly and forcefully on issues that concern us greatly.I do not the other gentlemen mentioned - S.Carolina is indeed fortunate.
no, I read his attitude as "we´ll lose, but at least we´ll be pure.´ Reagan stood up for his principles to be sure, but he also didn´t take positions that were sure losers. Look at how the GOP shot itself in its feet consistently since the primaries: Romeny´s remark about self-deportation (what was he thinking?!) Akins and the Indiana Idiot´s remarks on rape and abortion. (Were they trying to lose?). Immigration is an important issue, but the GOP this time around not only lost the Hispanics big time, but the Asian vote too. Asians are among the most entreprenurial and among those iwth th emost to lose under Obama, and they deserted the GOP anyway. You can be conservative on finances and defense and still take positions that recognize the realities of the current immigration situation (you´re not deporting 12 million people), and abortion -- it´s settled law. Stop banging your head against the wall and encouraging the totally bogus ´war on women´ cry of the Dems. If Repubs don´t recognize this, they´ll never win another election.
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