Jim DeMint stepping down

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

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I hope he sets up a “Do-Tank” instead of another Think-tank. Its past time to get things done to restore the nation and get the madness of Obama the Treasonous one out of office once and for all time.

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    I hope he drives the left nuts with his new job. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to miss having Jim DeMint in the senate, even though I’m from a different state.  I’ve always appreciate his work and the fact that he always seemed to have the best interests of this country at heart.  I wish him well at The Heritage Foundation, but will miss having him as a leader in Washington.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously, Jim can do a lot better in his new position than he can as a senator. The republican senators and congressmen are just playing games with the demos instead of showing true leadership and representing Americans like they should. It’s no wonder that republicans look lost on issues that affect Americans’ daily lives.

  • Anonymous

    I am surprised because as a Senator,  doesn’t he have the power to affect legislation?    What good is another Think Tank;  what ever happened to good people getting together to solve problems?

  • Marsha Avery

    Probably not relevant but I can’t figure out why Americans are not insisting on a revote in an election that was stolen by candy, political gifts and cheating!  Why isn’t there a movement for this as well as one to impeach Obama.  I think Obama has set back civil rights 100 years and created a racial divide.

  • http://twitter.com/wrightbobo John Wright

    Can’t happen. Only the choir is listening. The left knows but not he right!

  • http://twitter.com/wrightbobo John Wright

    Know anyone up to the task? King Obama is unrestricted with this congress, and knows it. He will finish the destructive job he started. If the Rapture occurs soon he will have serious trouble with other competing savior wannabes.  

  • Anonymous

    I have a tremendous
    respect for the Heritage Foundation.  I’ve
    never thought of them as a “think tank” but more of an educational foundation.  I see this as a bold move, not so much as a
    red or blue move, but a move to educate the nation of what is significant about
    America, and why it should be preserved, and please, help us reunite people,
    instead of feeding the infection of division, self-serving, and hate-mongering
    that seems to be sweeping this country. 
    We will not make it through the next 10 to 15 years if we continue down
    this road. Not to be flippant, but could the Heritage Foundation be the source
    of our 3rd political party, which this country seems need?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Marsha,  there are 3 separate efforts to impeach Obama, and I’m not talking about signed petitions.  The FBI have confiscated literally thousands of voting machines which are being tested by independent means.  Obama is being surrounded by the same people he looks at as dogs…but, beware, one too many dogs can make him into lunchmeat.  LOL.  So take heart, friend.  Even if Obama does get sworn in, it will be a fight of every day for the next 4 years for him to stay in office and stay relatively (and I use the term loosely) SANE.  Short story:  We military had a Commander (Major) come in who said enlisted (even we Top 3 ranked enlisted) were no good and that only officers knew how to run things.  Well, to make a long story short, we (enlisted and junior officers) waited until the next IG (Inspector General) inspection…and went “insta-stupid”.  The Major was fired for incompetency and gone 3 weeks later.  Get the idea?!  ROTF’L.

  • Anonymous

    Snow, Hi!  Erick Erickson (RedState) came out with a very detailed article this morning… and you should see what Jim DeMint’s getting lined up already!  Have a read, friend, this is going to get interesting.

  • Anonymous

    YES!!  You hit the nail on the head!!  Take a read of Erick Erickson’s article in RedState this morning on Jim DeMint.

  • Sandie

     DenverKitty, I found this piece  that mostly supports your statement, but haven’t been able to find if they  actually are going forward with it. Do you know any more about that?

    “Despite there being evidence of massive voter fraud in the
    presidential election; despite the Obama Administration suppressing the
    traditionally conservative military vote by “losing” absentee ballots
    and simply mailing them out too late to make a difference, election
    officials have, as expected, ignored the mounting calls to investigate
    whether Obama actually won the election.

    Now a movement is afoot to impound the thousands of voting machines
    that “malfunctioned”, switching a Romney vote to one for Obama. Some
    local officials have put the suspected voting machines in “quarantine”
    before they can be erased of information to determine if, in fact, the
    Obama campaign hacked into the machines.

    Many local officials
    are calling on the FBI to do a forensic analysis of the voting
    machines—which are really computers—to determine if they have, in fact,
    been “hacked.””

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/fbi-may-impound-pro-obama-voting-machines/

  • Sandie

     Now Kitty, that’s a teaser! LOL Do you have a link to the piece?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sandie! I can try to go back into some of my files pertaining to the FBI taking physical possession of voting machines…within around November 10th-16th. If I can locate it, I will re-send this message with that info and any updates on the situation. As usual, they and the other government entities move at a snail’s pace, and have not, to my knowledge, released who the “independent testers” are associated with. Makes it difficult to pin them down. One thing I can tell you is that Obama is getting hit from all sides: Issa with Fast & Furious, McCain et al with Benghazi, Boehner on a realistic fiscal cliff resolution, and Rove, Morris, Erick Erickson, and O’Reilly attacking from the sidelines about how Obama’s policies are affecting everyday people. That’s a lot of negativity centered on one big-eared Socialist. LOL. Kitty

  • Anonymous

    Sandie: RedState.com Kitty

  • Anonymous

    Sandie, hi. I got the Jim deMint story at MorningBriefing@email.redstate.com Kitty

  • Sandie

    Thanks, I appreciate it!

  • landofaahs

    I smell a 3rd party brewing.

  • Sandie

    I went there – couldn’t find anything about the FBI and voting machines – maybe I overlooked.

  • Sandie

    Looks like you got it in an email? Guess I’m outta luck? LOL

  • Anonymous

    Seem we are quickly being ditched by the tea party favorites in congress. Either they are selling out to mainstream GOP, on the take , or just getting out as Mr Demint is. I feel we no longer have a voice Does this mean Heritage will take the path of Freedomworks has and take the Middle road GOP route now ?

  • Anonymous

    You sound oh so mature, hopefully you aren’t in the military any more….as for you fanciful hopes about voting machines, they are being investigated because of what Rove and co. were attempting to do….Face it, you all lost, and most likely by a larger margin than the machines recorded. Cry in your beer all you want, but the facts are thus – your ideology is lacking, and being marginalized. 

  • Anonymous

    Sane people rejoice at the departure of DeMinted, he is an enemy of liberty and justice…

  • Anonymous

    Target acquired. Steady…