Republican Senator Jim DeMint has long been one of the good guys in DC who has battled the good fight day in and day out, but news broke today that he would be stepping down to run conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation. It looks like the Republicans will have some big shoes to fill as DeMint is planning to step down and take a role at a prominent conservative think tank.

“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,” DeMint said in a statement.

“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.”

Glenn, Pat and Stu were all surprised by the news, but saw a lot of benefits.

“It sound like he’s doing a ‘do tank’.  America does not need more ‘think tanks’.  We need more ‘do tanks’,” Glenn said.

“There’s been so many times we’ve looked at the Senate the only person speaking out their mind on this issue or this other issue is DeMint,” Stu explained.


They all agreed that DeMint was one of the few people who would take unpopular stances rather than compromise their principles.

One silver lining however is the rumor that Rep. Tim Scott is the current favorite to replace DeMint.

TheBlaze reports, “In a year where Republicans are increasingly fretting about their capacity to reach minorities, Tim Scott is a clear aberration. That is, he is the only African American congressman in the GOP. The fact that he survived a bruising primary battle in his first run for Congress against Paul Thurmond, son of infamous Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond, makes him a battle-tested prospect. The South Carolina establishment is already lining up behind him, and most observers view him as the clear favorite.”

The Atlantic, Slate, Politico, CBS News, and others are all making similar predictions.

Stu said that if Scott is the replacement he will be very