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So this is pretty big news today, huh? Though, if you’d be been following Jon Henke’s Twitter feed back in August, you’d have seen this coming:
“DeMint says he likely won’t run for reelection” bit.ly/nwgF1qPrediction: DeMint will become President of Heritage
— Jon Henke (@JonHenke) August 29, 2011
Nice call, Jon.
And good for you
Senator DeMint Jim. There are few — if any — jobs in America where you’re surrounded by and working with more morally bankrupt and ethically void douchnozzles than in the US Congress. Good on DeMint for walking away from that cess pool. I can’t imagine working there for more than a day without mule kicking Harry Reid in the throat and smashing Al Franken’s face into the bathroom sink.
Erick Erickson likes it:
As for Jim DeMint leaving the United States Senate, it is a very good thing.
The more I think about it, the more I think this is a great thing. Just yesterday, John Hayward noted Jim DeMint may just be the leader of the resistance within the GOP on the fiscal cliff deal. But DeMint has replenished the bench of conservatives within the Senate. As long as he remains there, the new conservatives will be in his shadow.
Jim DeMint is, like Ed Feulner, not indispensable. But his ideas are. It is time for the tea party senators he brought to the Senate to stretch their legs and prove they are Jim DeMint’s ideological heirs. In the meantime, he will be on the outside providing them the support and intellectual ammunition they need.
DeMint’s full statement is here.
Chris Cillizza from the Washington Post thinks he knows who the winners and the losers are in this. The two biggest winners being SC Rep Tim Scott, who is most likely to replace DeMint (becoming the only black person in the Senate), and (obviously) The Heritage Foundation.