Jim DeMint, Tea Party champion, leaving Senate

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, probably the most influential Tea Party advocate in Congress, is resigning his seat to become head of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

DeMint’s term was to have expired in 2016. The vacancy will be filled through appointment by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, with a special election held in 2014. That’s the same cycle in which South Carolina’s other senator, Lindsey Graham, will be seeking re-election, which makes it less likely that Graham will face a stern primary challenger.

– Jay Bookman

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Simple Truths

December 6th, 2012
10:40 am

Simple Truths

December 6th, 2012
10:41 am

One less problem in Washington…

Fly-On-The-Wall

December 6th, 2012
10:41 am

Well, I guess there’s more money and influence at the Heritage Foundation then in the U.S. Senate.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 6th, 2012
10:42 am

Nothing could be finer that you leave for Carolina…..and stay there.

Fly-On-The-Wall

December 6th, 2012
10:42 am

I wish it meant one less problem but my guess would be that someone even more radically right then DeMint will be appointed and then later, elected.

Oops

December 6th, 2012
10:44 am

Can’t blame him

DC is completely loco

Though he has ironically decided to stay there

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 6th, 2012
10:47 am

Fly, it will be interesting to see who is nominated to fill the post. A more moderate Republican or a tea party fanatic. We’ll see where Nikki has decided to face her future in the GOP.

Gale

December 6th, 2012
10:47 am

Are we seeing the decline of the Tea Party’s 15 minutes of fame?

Oops

December 6th, 2012
10:48 am

Btw

I think liberal opinion writers at WaPo blaming Romney for the fiscal cliff is beyond silly

Fly-On-The-Wall

December 6th, 2012
10:48 am

Let’s start a rumor about it….DeMint was afraid that someone even more steeped in the Tea Party would challenge him in 2016 so he’s bailing out now while he can!

St Simons - he-ne-ha

December 6th, 2012
10:50 am

mon, they’re not even waiting for the Calendar.

Told you. You’ll listen to da indian one day, mon.

in a couple years, you won’t even recognize the place, heheh

Fly-On-The-Wall

December 6th, 2012
10:50 am

Keep,

I would really feel better about the future of the country if Nikki appoints someone more moderate than DeMint is now – like that’s not hard to do. Like you say, we’ll see how Nikki faces this challenge.

stands for decibels

December 6th, 2012
10:52 am

Just under seven months after Obama had been sworn in as President… well, let’s allow DeMint to speak for himself.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0709/Health_reform_foes_plan_Obamas_Waterloo.html

“Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people,” DeMint predicted, adding that “this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America.”

“If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” he said.

Looks like someone got broken, and it wasn’t Obama.

Enjoy your dotage on Heritage’s payroll, Jim.

/drive-by

Robert Lee - Cogito ergo zoom

December 6th, 2012
10:52 am

The guys on Boortz’s show is claiming this is the best news EVER. Game changing! They want to put Tim Scott in Demint’s seat so they’ll have a conservative black guy to lead the charge….

Gosh, its keeps getting better and better….

oops

December 6th, 2012
10:52 am

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/12/06/calculating-the-cost-of-a-motorcycle-accident/

I prefer natural selection, the only tool ensuring the long term advancement of our species. Make helmets illegal.

skipper

December 6th, 2012
10:52 am

Congrats to all of Congress; both sides of the aisle! The approval rating is lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon-wheel rut! If Mitch McConnel is not there with his smugness on the screen, then John Kerry’s horse-head is there remind us why he, too, is a nut-case! Hey, fellow posters, is there any such thing as good old-fashioned common sense anywhere?????

fedup

December 6th, 2012
10:53 am

Please do not go. You the poster boy for the nutsos.

fedup

December 6th, 2012
10:57 am

Alan West move to SC. Fl is too liberal for you.

willie lynch

December 6th, 2012
10:57 am

I thought they were supposed to be a “Think Tank”. Isn’t Limbaugh a member?

Granny Godzilla

December 6th, 2012
10:57 am

Nikki’s not polling well at home…..making the choice all the more important for her.

She may well be damned if she does or damned if she doesn’t.

I think that’s just super.

oops

December 6th, 2012
10:59 am

Nikki H.

December 6th, 2012
11:00 am

“This thing is golden.”

[...] One Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter described DeMint as “probably the most influential T… [...]

St Simons - he-ne-ha

December 6th, 2012
11:00 am

for the casual observer, i hope this clarifies the credibiliteh of the
Heritage Foundation (snicker) –

Will the newsletter be printed in teabonics now?

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Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:01 am

I think it’s obvious that Alvin Greene will have the last laugh. :D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Greene

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:02 am

Obama is the Herbert Hoover of 2013…….. hide the women and children. Fiscal cliff is nothing compared to the disaster approaching.

B. Thenet

December 6th, 2012
11:05 am

So when does the DeMint scandal break?

You don’t leave the Senate to run a conservative think tank to have more influence, how many people even knew the name of the head of the Heritage Foundation prior to today? DeMint is going to lose alot of his pull once he is out of office, I am sure he knows it.

There has to be more to this.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:05 am

Going to Chick – Fil – A for lunch .. after that moving to my private island. Selah.

williebkind

December 6th, 2012
11:07 am

Yes, that was a good move for DeMint! Nikki will replace him with a new conservative hopefully younger and with little history that will feed the liberals’ piranha appetites.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:07 am

Not that much more to this story – DeMint just getting off the train while it is still on the track. Wreck ahead.

STUPID LIBERAL

December 6th, 2012
11:08 am

Some Chicago lawmaker, was arrested for trying to take a handgun onto an airplane in Chicago. This lawmaker is an anti second amendment democrat. What a hypocrit, for voting against the second amendment. Why does he feel the need to be above the law that he helped to pass ? I am sure that our Lord and Master Obama will pardon him, since he is apart of the elite.

Brosephus™

December 6th, 2012
11:08 am

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oops

December 6th, 2012
11:08 am

Brosephus™

December 6th, 2012
11:09 am

What a hypocrit, for voting against the second amendment.

He’s gotta be one old mofo if he voted agains the 2nd Amendment.

Just sayin’

jconservative

December 6th, 2012
11:09 am

I predict Haley will appoint a “caretaker” type who will not want to run, and then she run for the seat.
And get elected.

Fly-On-The-Wall

December 6th, 2012
11:09 am

Maybe DeMint has already told Nikki who she should put in his place and that was a given before he made his decision.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:11 am

Proud of my Dawgs. Time for Falcons to show up and take care of business. Two more wins and they get a bye for the playoffs. PLAYOFFS! Ben waiting since 1966 for the Falcons to win a Super Bowl….. it’s time.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 6th, 2012
11:11 am

Oy vey, Stupid, do tell us how precisely a legislator “votes” against the second amendment which is part of the US Constitution and can only be changed by amending the constitution. Come on child, be precise and exhibit intelligence.

Fly-On-The-Wall

December 6th, 2012
11:11 am

jconservative – I agree, that is a more likely scenario.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:12 am

Pray for Obama.

Jackie

December 6th, 2012
11:13 am

Would Gov. Haley (R-SC) appoint herself to the Senate seat?
All indications are that she will lose badly if she chooses to run for re-election.

Atlas Shrugging

December 6th, 2012
11:13 am

Let’s poll the DEM-wits and REP-ugants in the 98%, of which, 50% pay no income tax, and ask them if the rich should pay more taxes. As Barney Fife would say, suuuurrrrpise, suuuurrrrprise;the underachievers think the rich should pay more to help pay for their every increasing appetite for entitlements. I am blown away, who would have seen that coming. I thought that colege kids, blue hairs, union thugs/thugettes, wall street protesters, folks recieving welfare and food stamps, ie Obozo supporters would have said, please tax me more and let the rich slide. Lets go over the cliff and poll that same group to see if they think the rich are hurting more or less than their families. I bet we get another shocking poll result.

Erwin's cat

December 6th, 2012
11:14 am

Oh well…

x2

williebkind

December 6th, 2012
11:15 am

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:11 am

In total agreement!!!!

STUPID LIBERAL

December 6th, 2012
11:16 am

It is simple to vote against the second amendment. Once the city of Chicago passed legislation to prohibit gun ownership, those lawmakers who voted in favor of the legislation basically casted a vote against the second amendment. I know that I am a stupid liberal and all, but, I recall there being something that state, shall not be restricted ?

Brosephus™

December 6th, 2012
11:17 am

EC

Sounds like a Pats by 3 post if I ever read one.

:)

St Simons - he-ne-ha

December 6th, 2012
11:18 am

Stephen Colbert is pretty conservative, Nikki. Watch his show.

Mark Sanford’s…um…not available…

King of Planet Kolob

December 6th, 2012
11:18 am

DeMint foresaw his own Waterloo with Obama’s re-election. One giant leap for America. Good riddance. As for those Senators buying into Glen Becks version of Agenda 21 and voting to embarrass themselves instead of Bob Dole….

straitroad

December 6th, 2012
11:18 am

Interesting numbers on taxes and the debt…

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ERP_2012_Complete.pdf

Check out page 411 and see how revenue increased after taxes were reduced during the Bush years. The level of taxation isn’t the problem. Spending is the issue our leadership needs to get under control. All of the talk about tax rates is purely for ginning up emotion and envy.

East Lake Ira

December 6th, 2012
11:19 am

Well the GOP is good at one thing only these days – destroying their public image. This will go a long way to making Heritage irrelevant.

Thanks GOP.

Keep up the good work.

bookman parrot

December 6th, 2012
11:19 am

toSimple Truths

December 6th, 2012
10:41 am
One less problem in Washington

I guess you view people that believe in fiscal responsibility as a problem. That is a shame for this country.

williebkind

December 6th, 2012
11:19 am

“Nikki’s not polling well at home…..making the choice all the more important for her.

She may well be damned if she does or damned if she doesn’t.

I think that’s just super.”

Now that is not how a progressive woman feels and talks about women. Dont lose your feminazi.

williebkind

December 6th, 2012
11:20 am

When my taxes go up what FREE STUFF do I get?

STUPID LIBERAL

December 6th, 2012
11:21 am

I am still waiting on my Obama Check

East Lake Ira

December 6th, 2012
11:21 am

Ezra Klein ‏@ezraklein
To state the obvious, you don’t make Jim DeMint the head of your think tank in order to improve the quality of your scholarship.

https://twitter.com/ezraklein

Michael

December 6th, 2012
11:21 am

Why wouldn’t Nikki just appoint herself. Seems like it would be a step up. Otherwise she’ll have to run for the senate in 2014 against an incumbent.

oops

December 6th, 2012
11:22 am

James

December 6th, 2012
11:22 am

Maybe she will appoint a real sharp minded intellectual like Rep. Jim Clyburn.

the cat

December 6th, 2012
11:24 am

williebkind

December 6th, 2012
11:19 am
“Nikki’s not polling well at home…..making the choice all the more important for her.

She may well be damned if she does or damned if she doesn’t.

I think that’s just super.”

Now that is not how a progressive woman feels and talks about women. Dont lose your feminazi.

Um-Willieb-women have evolved. We can have different opinions about our sisters and their views and not blindly give them a pass just because they are female.

DUH.

williebkind

December 6th, 2012
11:24 am

I heard Sara Palin has converted over to the Democrats and is going to run for President.

STUPID LIBERAL

December 6th, 2012
11:26 am

Sara Palin is a dumb republican. I think she would make an intelligent Democrat.

williebkind

December 6th, 2012
11:27 am

“Um-Willieb-women have evolved. We can have different opinions about our sisters and their views and not blindly give them a pass just because they are female.”

So women have evolved, you mean liberal women have evolved into something that is predatory and not natural. You liberal evolved women attack conservative women just because they are conservative. You should have stayed a monkey.

stands for decibels

December 6th, 2012
11:29 am

You should have stayed a monkey.

Sigh. Is our children learning?

Oops

December 6th, 2012
11:29 am

Boehner throwing some elbows

STUPID LIBERAL

December 6th, 2012
11:30 am

I resent being called a monkey, that is so racist, I can not help but to blame Bush for it.

Redcoat

December 6th, 2012
11:30 am

Dems/Libs own it………they need to get on with it……vote their bills in……nothing really stopping them from it…….they know it, we know it……one more out of the way!

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:32 am

S. Democrat — “Sara Palin is a dumb republican. I think she would make an intelligent Democrat.”

Sorry, we only elect QUALIFIED women over here. That’s why there are so many more female Democratic lawmakers than female Republican ones.

STUPID LIBERAL

December 6th, 2012
11:33 am

Yes, Mrs. Nancy Pants is surely a QUALIFIED woman.

Paul

December 6th, 2012
11:34 am

Thanks for the good news, Jay. Much appreciated this morning.

DeMint’s like the guy who tried to hold onto his yellow ruled spreadsheet and his adding machine and railed against computers because “what if they made a mistake? You’d never know it…..” So instead of adapting, he left the company to go to work for The Buggywhip Institute.

DeMint at Heritage Foundation. And people really believe that place should still be called a ‘think’ tank?!!? Thanks for my second laugh of the day, Jay.

Granny Godzilla

December 6th, 2012
11:37 am

williebkind

December 6th, 2012
11:19 am

“Nikki’s not polling well at home…..making the choice all the more important for her.

She may well be damned if she does or damned if she doesn’t.

I think that’s just super.”

Now that is not how a progressive woman feels and talks about women. Dont lose
.
.
.
.

Good Lord…..You really are a burp and scratcher ain’t ya.

Best wear gloves while dragging those knuckles….

Whatever

December 6th, 2012
11:37 am

Joe,

I hope Cynthia McKinney isn’t included in your list of QUALIFIED female Democrats who have been elected…..

Don Abernethy

December 6th, 2012
11:39 am

Oh! If the liberal champion Obama would leave the White House!!!

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:40 am

Whatever — “Joe, I hope Cynthia McKinney isn’t included in your list of QUALIFIED female Democrats who have been elected…..”

If I were a Republican, I’d be asking myself why there are four elected female Democratic lawmakers for every ONE elected female Republican lawmaker, and then I’d STFU about Cynthia McKinney, because the GOP’s problem with women is a hell of a lot bigger than one person.

Thanks for playing.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:40 am

Qualified for what? Nanny Pelosi couldn’t find her way home without a limo driver.

the cat

December 6th, 2012
11:40 am

Willieb-you are the one with th gorilla handle. Monkey yourself.

David Shivers

December 6th, 2012
11:41 am

Well, good-bye, Sen. Demented, and good riddance!

FrankLeeDarling

December 6th, 2012
11:41 am

Well now that Rove is toast .

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:43 am

“Morality” — “Qualified for what? Nanny Pelosi couldn’t find her way home without a limo driver.”

Yeah, you run with that in 2014 and 2016. See how well it works for you.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:44 am

Progressive – translation – SOCIALIST

Paul

December 6th, 2012
11:44 am

Don Abernethy

Only in BizzaroLand does the winner leave.

Still fighting against the whole ‘democracy’ and ‘will of the majority’ idea, eh?

clem

December 6th, 2012
11:46 am

not normally that religious, but sweet Jesus. Now we can only hope we get someone that is not a nutbar though SC is full of them.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:46 am

Nanny Pelosi won’t be around in 2016…… already taking her millions out of the U,S, banks and buying gold for the coming 2013 big “D”.

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:47 am

“Morality” — “Progressive – translation – SOCIALIST”

How *terrible* for you. Clearly you need to move to a nice libertarian country like Somalia where there won’t be an pesky gubmint to get in your way or tell you what to do.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:47 am

Pray for Obama…… Pray for a miracle.

Brosephus™

December 6th, 2012
11:47 am

Oh! If the liberal champion Obama would leave the White House!!!

He will on the morning after Jan 19, 2017.

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:48 am

“Morality” — “Nanny Pelosi won’t be around in 2016…… already taking her millions out of the U,S, banks and buying gold for the coming 2013 big “D”.

Yawn.

You couldn’t predict the 2012 election, so why should anyone believe any other predictions you make?

DownInAlbany

December 6th, 2012
11:48 am

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:49 am

Somalia – BLACK HAWK DOWN – not a gub’ment success story.

They BOTH suck

December 6th, 2012
11:52 am

Morality

Looking at it from your perspective, the Marine barracks in Lebanon wasn’t a “success story” either, so what is your point?

You like playing politics with the deaths of US servicemen?

Does that make you feel better about yourself?

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:52 am

I did not predict the 2012 election – obvious that the “checks in the mail crowd” was voting Obama. … I am not a Dem or a Repub…… I am a FISCAL conservative. Obama is a FISCAL liberal. No can vote for a fiscal disaster.

Mick

December 6th, 2012
11:53 am

bill orvis

Thank god the honorable barack obama was re-elected president of these united states. Once the democrats take back the house in 2014 and send the useless mitch mcconnell packing back to kentucky, the economy will be revving up just in time for the most honarable hillary clinton to take the reigns with a dem house, senate and three supreme court picks to boot!
America will be progressing quite nicely and even you will benefit from the rising tide. You can still hate her though, we wouldn’t expect anything less…

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:54 am

DIA — “But, it’s the mean old Republicans that are standing in the way?”

McConnell’s desperate to get the spotlight off Congressional Republicans’ refusal to vote on the measure under consideration in the House. The only way the GOP can do that is by putting something *else* up for a vote and putting other business on hold. That’s what McConnell is doing.

The GOP doesn’t *have* any competing proposals right now, so they’re trying to make Democratic proposals look foolish by attaching them to bills that have nothing whatsoever to do with them, then forcing a vote. Fortunately, McConnell’s tactic won’t work and will just serve to underline the dilatory, time-wasting tactics that GOP Congressmen and Senators are using right now.

Oops

December 6th, 2012
11:54 am

Obama is an obstructionist ideologue

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:54 am

SUCK – your left wing is showing.

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:54 am

“Morality” — “Somalia – BLACK HAWK DOWN – not a gub’ment success story.”

It was for the Somalis. So move there already.

Morality?

December 6th, 2012
11:56 am

If you want to thank God – start by spelling his name right – it’s God not god….. unless you are in to Greek mythology.

DownInAlbany

December 6th, 2012
11:57 am

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:54 am

DIA — “But, it’s the mean old Republicans that are standing in the way?”

McConnell’s desperate to get the spotlight off Congressional Republicans’ refusal to vote on the measure under consideration in the House. The only way the GOP can do that is by putting something *else* up for a vote and putting other business on hold. That’s what McConnell is doing.

The GOP doesn’t *have* any competing proposals right now, so they’re trying to make Democratic proposals look foolish by attaching them to bills that have nothing whatsoever to do with them, then forcing a vote. Fortunately, McConnell’s tactic won’t work and will just serve to underline the dilatory, time-wasting tactics that GOP Congressmen and Senators are using right now.

The Dem, Reps and Obama are all playing games. And, we are being played for fools! That’s the real truth! Honesty and integrity are lost on the entire bunch!

Joe Hussein Mama

December 6th, 2012
11:57 am

“Morality” — ” I am not a Dem or a Repub…… I am a FISCAL conservative.”

Who only complains about Democrats. We’ve been over this before.

“Obama is a FISCAL liberal.”

Obama’s plan = Reagan’s plan. Read up on “Prime The Pump” during the Reagan administration.

“No can vote for a fiscal disaster.”

We get it. You don’t like the President or his ideas. Message received. Go away and stop complaining now unless you have something of value to add to the conversation, please.