Jim DeMint leaving the Senate

Senator Jim DeMint has delivered a shock to conservatives with the announcement of his decision to leave the Senate in order to take up the reins as head of the Heritage Foundation. Unquestionably, Heritage is a great organization, and it may need him, and he may do great work there, but I am finding it hard to regard this as good news. DeMint has been one the clearest voices in Congress supporting conservative principles. Governor Nikki Haley must appoint an interim successor, but a replacement will have to run in the 2014 election, during which Senator Lindsey Graham will also be seeking re-election. Already, conservatives are beginning to call for Rep. Tim Scott to be appointed to the seat, in order to give him a leg up in 2013. Matt K. Lewis in the Daily Caller: Scott is a proven conservative fighter, who was also elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. Prior to his election to Congress, he served four terms as Chair in the South Carolina House. Additionally,...(Read Full Post)