Jim DeMint Resigns

Well, this isn’t what I was expecting to hear on a Thursday morning.

The Hill reports:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has resigned from the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation.

DeMint’s decision to leave the Senate after only eight years shocked Washington. DeMint had been seen as a future Senate leader for his party and was already …

  1. Mr. Dart

    Sen. DeMint had term-limited himself so that he would be leaving after two terms in 2016.  Since the Republicans will likely be in the minority the rest of his Senate career it makes sense for him to take the presidency of the Heritage Foundation now. 

    Gov. Haley has some great folks to choose from: Tim Scott, Mick Mulvaney & Trey Gowdy  to name three.  

  2. James Of England

    This is tremendously sad news. He was my choice for VP after Portman and McDonnell, before Ryan, in part for the 2016 reason, but learning that we won’t even have him until then is very unpleasant.

    On the positive side, conservative think tanks are in great need of substantial improvement, and I can’t think of anyone better placed to do that than DeMint. God willing, he will make an enormous difference in his new role. We should pray for him, and take action to support him when opportunity presents itself.

     edit: Ramesh Ponnuru moving to AEI also seems like a positive move for our think tanks, although it’s obviously much less of a big deal.

  3. Anne R. Pierce

     You’re right to focus on his “voice.”  Just when we’re all agreed that nothing positive can happen until/unless we rediscover our voice, one of those who speaks up and articulates ideas leaves the halls of congress.

  4. Yeah...ok.

    It’s Ryan M’s fault.

  5. Leigh

    Well, it will be interesting to see what Nikki Haley does.

    If she chooses someone worth promoting, it might be a net positive, seeing that DeMint had committed not to run again anyway.  Maybe, much as we need senators like DeMint, Harry Reid’s Senate isn’t the place for him to do the work he wants to do.

  6. Fred Cole

    What’s his game here?

    Does he need the cash?  Rats fleeing a sinking ship?  Is he getting out in front of a scandal?  Does he just hate the job?

    There’s something more going on here.

  7. Roberto

    Following Boehner’s night of the long knives it is difficult not to see unspoken reasons behind this decision. The impression of a GOP leadership looking to purge Tea Party sympathizers so that they may more efficiently kowtow to Reid and Obama is difficult to shake.

  8. Douglas

    One gets the impression he’s doing this in part because A)the “establishment” GOP in Congress is increasingly hostile to conservatism… see Boehner’s purge, and B) perhaps he can be a bigger influence by helping to anchor institutions that teach and spread conservative ideas. If the GOP Congress does indeed slide towards 1970′s Gerald Ford Me-Too’ism, I expect DeMint will be leading the fight from outside the walls.

  9. Britanicus

    He’s taking Ed Fulner’s position as President of the Heritage Foundation. From an email Heritage sent out today:

    Three years ago, I told the Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees that I would step down as president in April of 2013. I urged them to set up a formal succession process and begin a national search.

    During their nationwide search, the Board looked for a successor who would keep Heritage on its course of growth and innovation, and preserve our widely acknowledged status as an institutional center of the conservative movement. And the Board has found a splendid successor.

    I’m delighted to announce that the Board has elected Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina to take over next April as President of The Heritage Foundation.

    Jim, who will resign his Senate seat before then, needs little introduction. He has spent most of his life as an entrepreneur, building and running his own marketing firm. In 1998 he won a seat in the House of Representatives and in 2004 was elected to the Senate.

  10. ConservativeWanderer
    Britanicus: He’s taking Ed Fulner’s position as President of the Heritage Foundation. From an email Heritage sent out today:

    1 minute ago

    I believe that was mentioned in the first paragraph of the quoted article above…

    ConservativeWanderer:

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has resigned from the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation.

     · · 40 minutes ago

  11. Eeyore

    The rumor on Glenn Beck an hour ago was that Tim Scott leads the list. 

    Republicans accused of conservative messaging folly. Strong conservative messenger to lead strong conservative organization. Senate gets a conservative African American Republican. If true, to the Beck team, they call it a win-win.

  12. DocJay
    Fred Cole: What’s his game here?

    Does he need the cash?  Rats fleeing a sinking ship?  Is he getting out in front of a scandal?  Does he just hate the job?

    There’s something more going on here. · 15 minutes ago

    Maybe he is sick of politics and politicians.  

  13. Mr. Dart
    Eeyore: The rumor on Glenn Beck an hour ago was that Tim Scott leads the list. 

    Republicans accused of conservative messaging folly. Strong conservative messenger to lead strong conservative organization. Senate gets a conservative African American Republican. If true, to the Beck team, they call it a win-win. · 0 minutes ago

    If Gov. Haley chooses among the three I mentioned earlier: Scott, Mulvaney, or Gowdy she will also choose their replacement in the House of Representatives.  All are strong choices although I’m sure the one that will get the most attention from outside our state will be Tim Scott.

  14. ConservativeWanderer
    DocJay

    Fred Cole: What’s his game here?

    Does he need the cash?  Rats fleeing a sinking ship?  Is he getting out in front of a scandal?  Does he just hate the job?

    There’s something more going on here. · 15 minutes ago

    Maybe he is sick of politics and politicians.   · 3 minutes ago

    Is that a medical condition, doctor? ;)

  15. Chris Deleon

    DeMint is one of my heroes, to the degree any politician can be.  I’m glad to see him honoring his term limit pledge.

    The last election made it even clearer that the battle will not be won primarily in the halls of Congress but in the larger cultural and philosophical milieu outside.  I hope he will now be better able to bring the fight to where it really needs to be fought.

  16. BTConservative

    Hmm.  This is surprising – I always felt secure with DeMint as my state senator.  I’m very curious behind this motivation; although, I like all of the replacement ideas.  

    It does seem sudden…since he’s taking over in April? Or would this be a normal amount of time to announce his resignation?

  17. Leigh
    DocJay

    Fred Cole: What’s his game here?

    Does he need the cash?  Rats fleeing a sinking ship?  Is he getting out in front of a scandal?  Does he just hate the job?

    There’s something more going on here. · 15 minutes ago

    Maybe he is sick of politics and politicians.   · 2 minutes ago

    From what I’ve heard, indications are that’s actually the case — or, you could say, he really does “just hate the job.”  He’d already said he didn’t want to run again.

    Maybe he feels as though he hasn’t been able to accomplish much in his goal of electing more conservatives to the Senate, and that it’s time for someone else to try. 

    Possibly he thought that by leaving now he could influence the choice of successor, too, if it’s true that he’s pushing for Tim Scott — maybe he thinks that establishing Scott in the Senate would be a good thing for South Carolina.

    (The one person who is really happy right now is Nikki Haley.)

  18. Mr. Dart
    BTConservative: Hmm.  This is surprising – I always felt secure with DeMint as my state senator.  I’m very curious behind this motivation; although, I like all of the replacement ideas.  

    It does seem sudden…since he’s taking over in April? Or would this be a normal amount of time to announce his resignation? · 2 minutes ago

    He’s leaving at the end of this month.

  19. Edward Smith

    After the election, a looking at what is happening with the Fiscal Cliff, and DeMint’s own desire to term limit himself … and the fact that this election was lost due to too much politics and not enough G-D vision, maybe this is better for the Party and the Movement than him staying in the Senate.

  20. BTConservative
    Terry

    BTConservative: Hmm.  This is surprising – I always felt secure with DeMint as my state senator.  I’m very curious behind this motivation; although, I like all of the replacement ideas.  

    It does seem sudden…since he’s taking over in April? Or would this be a normal amount of time to announce his resignation? · 2 minutes ago

    He’s leaving at the end of this month. · 0 minutes ago

    That makes sense, then.

    Agree with sentiments above.  Friends who worked closely with him Greenville and the SC GOP remarked that he is passionate for conservatism, not the people in the political arena.

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