I have mixed views on Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). I didn’t like his comments that alleges only Social Conservatives can be Economic Conservatives. This is a lie as proven by George HW Bush, George W. Bush, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, who were Economic Progressives but Socially Conservative. But I have to give credit to DeMint on fiscal issues. He was one of the few in the Senate who actual record on fiscal and economic matters matched his rhetoric. Jim DeMint has announced he is stepping down to run the Heritage Foundation.
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.
In an interview preceding the succession announcement, Sen. DeMint said he is taking the Heritage job because he sees it as a vehicle to popularize conservative ideas in a way that connects with a broader public. “This is an urgent time,” the senator said, “because we saw in the last election we were not able to communicate conservative ideas that win elections.” Mr. DeMint, who was a market researcher before he entered politics, said he plans to take the Heritage Foundation’s traditional research plus that of think tanks at the state level and “translate those policy papers into real-life demonstrations of things that work.” He said, “We want to figure out what works at the local and state level” and give those models national attention.
Jim DeMint is totally spot on. Conservatives must find ways to articulate their views even when there is no election. I wish DeMint success in his new role!
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