Jim DeMint is Leaving the Senate

by Ryan on December 6, 2012

in Election 2012,Election 2014,Politics

As if the situation for conservatives in Congress couldn’t get any worse, it just did.  Jim DeMint, South Carolina Senator and Tea Party bulwark in Congress, is resigning from the Senate in order to head the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.  DeMint should have waited until tomorrow, December 7, for this kind of bombshell (sorry for the hyperbole — a tad uncalled for, but I’m distraught).

DeMint told Fox News, “I honestly believe I can do a lot more on the outside than on the inside.”  Perhaps he’s right.  With Rockefeller Boehner purging fiscal sanity from the House and Huckleberry McConnell loafing around in the Senate, the mood on the right in Washington has gotten unfriendly to principled limited government conservatives lately.  Heritage basically offers DeMint more money, more ideas, and potentially more grassroots influence.  It’s not a bad move, but it has been a rough week for conservatives, so I can’t be cheery at the moment.

On the bright side, perhaps this vacancy could pave the way for Tim Scott’s appointment to the Senate.  I would have loved to see him primary Lindsay Graham in 2014, but whatever path Scott takes to the Senate is just fine with me.

In the meantime, DeMint’s principled leadership and palpable love of country will be sorely missed in the Senate.  With this move, our voices just got a whole lot softer in Washington.

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