DeMint to leave Senate; 2014 now even more interesting

Just when it looked like Georgia’s 2014 GOP primary might attract the most national attention, with Sen. Saxby Chambliss facing a likely challenge from his right, South Carolina upped the ante significantly. Jim DeMint, the Palmetto State’s arch-conservative senator, said today he is resigning his seat to take over as leader of the Heritage Foundation.

Initial reports are that South Carolina law calls for the governor to appoint DeMint’s replacement, who would then stand for election in 2014. The state’s other senator, Lindsey Graham, is also up for re-election that year and there’s speculation that he’ll also be challenged by another Republican. That could make for quite a twin-bill in South Carolina’s 2014 GOP primary — not to mention that Gov. Nikki Haley faces some dissension from within her own ranks and might not cruise to re-election herself. Graham and even Chambliss might be breathing a little easier this morning, knowing the activists’ attention and money will now be spread around a little more widely.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Haley for her choice as DeMint’s replacement. DeMint is renowned as one of the Senate’s most conservative members and a leader for the tea-party senators elected since 2010. While the Senate will remain under Democratic control for at least two more years, the difference between a replacement as ideologically firm as DeMint and one closer to Graham could loom large — particularly given Democrats’ threatened reform of the filibuster.

– By Kyle Wingfield

Find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter

248 comments Add your comment

Hillbilly D

December 6th, 2012
11:15 am

The South Carolinians can worry about that. It’s no business of mine.

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

December 6th, 2012
11:17 am

Let the Republican party civil war begin.

In South Carolina no less.

This is their Fort Sumter.

Rafe Hollister

December 6th, 2012
11:22 am

Tim Scott would be a good choice, as the critics point out the GOP needs minorities. Of course, we know with the lap dog media, black conservatives, the true extreme minority in this country, don’t count.

arnold

December 6th, 2012
11:46 am

DeMint sees the handwriting on the wall. He’s bailing now rather than later. It’s just the start as the pendulum picks up speed to the left.

Kyle Wingfield

December 6th, 2012
11:49 am

arnold @ 11:46: It’s not as if he’s leaving Washington. President of the Heritage Foundation is probably one of the best, most influential jobs in D.C. (as being the head of any of the biggest think tanks would be), and it’s certainly one of the best, most influential jobs in the conservative movement.

clem

December 6th, 2012
11:50 am

glad demented is going

Jefferson

December 6th, 2012
11:52 am

He deserves a 50% tax rate.

Bruno

December 6th, 2012
11:56 am

Fresh from yahoo.com:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/poll-public-trusts-obama-dems-solve-fiscal-cliff-144612703–politics.html

It appears that the Dems don’t really care about solving any of our problems as long as they can continue blaming the Republicans. Pathetic.

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

December 6th, 2012
12:00 pm

Wonder how many women or minorities they have over there at the Heritage Foundation ?

My guess not very many.

clem

December 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

how ironic, deminto going to heritage the original health care individual mandate crowd

JDW

December 6th, 2012
12:05 pm

Well one thing is for sure…no matter who takes his place it will be an improvement.

BW

December 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

One less conservative who contributing nothing in the way of legislating….he can now throw bombs from a position meant for it

JDW

December 6th, 2012
12:08 pm

@Kyle…”it’s certainly one of the best, most influential jobs in the conservative movement.”

Might be but it is a step down from Senator.

MrLiberty

December 6th, 2012
12:15 pm

Graham is a bloodthirsty, warmongering big government liberal. Just like Chambliss. The best hope for america’s future will be if both of them lose their primary challenges. What a shame that DeMint is leaving. While certainly no champion of liberty and the constitution like Ron Paul, he was on the right side more than not. Clearly when you oppose the spineless, big government leadership of the party they make you pay. He finally said enough is enough. Hopefully he will put his time at Heritage to good use promoting freedom and liberty (that would be something new for them).

I can’t help but wonder if the warning signs of the impending collapse were this obvious before the Roman Empire fell???

Auntie Christ

December 6th, 2012
12:16 pm

strom thurmond’s corpse should still be available. It represented the state well from about 1980 til it was put in the ground in 2003. My guess tho is that ole joe ‘you lie’ wilson will do the job of representing the racist, backward, red neck interests of that unreconstructed state just fine. But it is all speculation anyway until the koch brothers make their choice of who they are going to purchase for the seat. I wonder if the uninformed tea partiers realize what it means for the economies of the two states if they send freshman senators from GA and SC to DC in 2014, when cuts in the DoD are being demanded. Freshman senators will have no power to fight cuts in spending to their state’s economies that rely heavily on DoD contracts. Isakson who lives walking distance from Lockheed had no juice to stop them from shipping jobs to TX. Georgia’s power to get those contracts will be diluted further when the tea party sends a new guy to DC, ditto SC with two new guys trying to keep bases open and contracts coming. Be careful what you wish for tea party.

nathan's political arsonist

December 6th, 2012
12:19 pm

and john “nra” bulloch just resigned from the senate. chip the sports bookie, demint, now buloch. please let balfour be next, and please keep them rolling

MarkV

December 6th, 2012
12:22 pm

While there are several people in the Senate competing for that description, it is not easy to name anyone as contemptible as DeMint. Good riddance, no matter what position he will take elsewhere.

Kyle Wingfield

December 6th, 2012
12:30 pm

Cheesy @ 12:00: My guess is you couldn’t name the first person who works at Heritage, beyond DeMint and possibly the man he’s replacing (though I’d almost be willing to bet you couldn’t name him without Googling). So you’re not exactly a good source. I can think of several women and minorities at Heritage right off the top of my head, and I’ve never worked in D.C.

Kyle Wingfield

December 6th, 2012
12:32 pm

JDW @ 12:08: He already said he was not going to run again in 2016. So, I can understand why he’d prefer to forgo the last three years of his term and take such a plum job. And it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of conservative choices in S.C. to replace him.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

December 6th, 2012
12:33 pm

Nicki will select herself.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

December 6th, 2012
12:35 pm

you couldn’t name the first person who works at Heritage,

Yeah, thank god some people realize the Heritage Foundation puts out idiotic crap as “serious research.”

Road Scholar

December 6th, 2012
12:38 pm

Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank….isn’t that an oxymoron?

arnold

December 6th, 2012
12:41 pm

I still stand by my earlier comment. “He’s bailing now rather than later.” It’s not going to be fun for the remaining GOP for the foreseeable future. So why not go where he doesn’t have to answer for his beliefs?

Jefferson

December 6th, 2012
12:43 pm

Attack the poster if you don’t like his message.

Kyle Wingfield

December 6th, 2012
12:45 pm

John Q @ 12:36: “seeking to mold the country into what you believe to be a better version of itself”

Arguably, he can do that better from Heritage than he can from the minority party in the Senate. So if that’s his top priority, he’s being completely consistent and principled.

Steve

December 6th, 2012
12:46 pm

Why don’t you Confederates form a third party and be done with it. We know you hate the Grand Old Party.

Steve

December 6th, 2012
12:50 pm

Correction – “betterment of the wealthy.”

Kyle Wingfield

December 6th, 2012
12:51 pm

John Q @ 12:49: ” You think Demented is doing this for the betterment of his country. I think Demented is doing this for the betterment of himself. Only one of us is right”

He can’t do something that’s better for him and for the country at the same time? That’s nonsense.

Kyle Wingfield

December 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

Steve: Given the quotation marks, I’m assuming you lifted that passage about Scrooge McDuck from someone else. If you want to re-post it, provide some attribution and a link.

CC

December 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

Rafe:

“Tim Scott would be a good choice”

I agree with you down the line on this, and Scott would face the same ridicule and ire from the dimwit democrats that West faced. A black conservative fares far worse than even a white conservative, but our time will come again. When the democrats gave driven the wheels off, totally trashed the economy, unemployment is even higher, trillions more borrowed and there finally is no money to be redistributed, the electorate will turn the whole mess over to the conservatives.

I heard a very interesting (although not surprising) comment last night from someone who has been traveling around the country meeting with groups of small business owners. While Obama says the economy is poised to move, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESES SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS POSED THE SAME QUESTION, “Can we survive another four years of Obama and the democrats?”

Steve

December 6th, 2012
12:54 pm

Here you go:

http://www.salon.com/2011/06/23/lyons_republicans_dogma/

“The Heritage Foundation, in turn, is one of those Scrooge McDuck-style “think tanks” largely funded by right-wing billionaires like the late Joseph Coors and the Koch brothers. Its “resident scholars” churn out one half-baked study after another proving that economic prosperity depends upon plutocrats paying little or no taxes.

See, like Uncle Scrooge, some of these jokers are pathologically addicted to hoarding. It’s not enough that the top 1 percent of income earners in the United States own 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. They’d really like it all.”

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

I thought obozocare came from Heritage?

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

December 6th, 2012
12:59 pm

Mexican Supreme Court rules for marriage equality

Soon we libs will be in charge from the North Pole down to Antarctica. Canada wsa the first and the blocks will keep on falling.

mwuahahahahahahaha

Kyle Wingfield

December 6th, 2012
1:00 pm

Aesop @ 12:58: The idea for an individual mandate — not the rest of Obamacare — did come from Heritage. But Heritage disavowed it years before Obama (or Romney) put it in place.

CC

December 6th, 2012
1:01 pm

Rafe:

“When the democrats gave driven the wheels off” should read “When the democrats have driven the wheels off”.

Sorry . . .

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

December 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

Like DeMint, Karl Rove took the fall at Fox News. Just watch – he will be back on in 6 months.

Steve

December 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

Life is liberal, not conservative.

HDB

December 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

CC

December 6th, 2012
12:53 pm
Rafe:

“Tim Scott would be a good choice”

I agree with you down the line on this, and Scott would face the same ridicule and ire from the dimwit democrats that West faced. A black conservative fares far worse than even a white conservative, but our time will come again.”

Tim Scott wouldn’t get the same treatment as Allen West did because West was just certifiable!! The question many conservatives should be asking is why there aren’t MORE black conservatives; is it because that the preponderance of black people recognize that political conservatism is based on a racist paradigm that is pervasive in the GOP….that has ben recognized by past GOP Chairmen (Lee Atwater, Ken Mehlman, Michael Steele)…. that black people have been told EXPRESSLY that “black people have no place in the GOP” (Kevin Phillips, architect of the “Southern Strategy”)….and the reason that black conservatives get railed against is that they REFUSE to SEE AND ADMIT that racism in the GOP still exists??

What say you???

Steve

December 6th, 2012
1:10 pm

Actually, John, Heritage did disavow it before Obama. Not sure about Romney.

CC

December 6th, 2012
1:11 pm

Steve@12:54:

You think your source is objective?

“Is Salon more tabloid-like? Yeah, we’ve made no secret of that. I’ve said all along that our formula here is that we’re a smart tabloid. If by tabloid what you mean is you’re trying to reach a popular audience, trying to write topics that are viscerally important to a readership, whether it’s the story about the mother in Houston who drowned her five children or the story on the missing intern in Washington, Chandra Levy.”

“Salon is a progressive liberal online magazine, with content updated each weekday.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon_(website)

Post again when you have something far more authoritative . . .

Wipe Out

December 6th, 2012
1:13 pm

Rove and Morris can’t seem to get booked as of late……

hmmmmmmmmmm

Thomas Heyward Jr

December 6th, 2012
1:17 pm

Senator Demint Voted “Yea” for NDAA (indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, no Trial).
.
Although he had a good fiscal voting record……he’s still a traitor…..and should stand trial accordingly.
(along with our two senators).
.
Good riddance.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

December 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

Here is the idea: A tax of less than half a percent on every $100 of stock sales or sales of other financial instruments including bonds, derivatives, and options. The tax could raise anywhere from $170 billion to $350 billion per year depending how it was applied. Extend that over 10 years, and we are raising almost what the White House and Republicans agree needs to be raised in order to accomplish the objectives of a grand bargain.

from Eliot Spitzer
http://www.alternet.org/economy/eliot-spitzer-tax-traders-it-would-solve-economic-crisis-and-stop-reckless-activity

bluecoat

December 6th, 2012
1:36 pm

If the wheels were given.The democrats would have done the giving.The more demits from the pugs the better.

md

December 6th, 2012
1:38 pm

“It’s not enough that the top 1 percent of income earners in the United States own 40 percent of the nation’s wealth.”

In a global economy, there really is no such thing as 40% of the wealth. The mythical pie that gets cut into pieces is a myth and far too many eat that stuff up.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

December 6th, 2012
1:40 pm

2.5: The percentage of actual small businesses that would be hit by rates going up on income over $250,000. Republicans say protecting small businesses in the main reason they oppose raising rates on the wealthy.

237: Number of the country’s wealthiest 400 people who count as “small business owners” under the broad definition Republicans use. Obama and Mitt Romney would both count.

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/06/the_gops_bad_fiscal_cliff_hand_by_the_numbers/

2.5, did you read that? 2.5% = the percentage of small business whose owners would be hit by increasing rates on $250k and higher.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

December 6th, 2012
1:42 pm

I guess Spitzer would be more acceptable in Con circles if he had a habit of hanging out in airport bathrooms?

tap….tap…..tap…..tap…..psst

Aquagirl

December 6th, 2012
1:45 pm

A conservative Senator resigning to head up a conservative think tank is a win for conservatives? Sing it, Kyle! I hope this idea is widely read and accepted!

Auntie Christ

December 6th, 2012
1:54 pm

CC
December 6th, 2012
12:53 pm
When the democrats gave driven the wheels off, totally trashed the economy, unemployment is even higher, trillions more borrowed and there finally is no money to be redistributed,……
***************************************************************

You do realize I hope, that you just described gw bush’s tenure in the White House. If you don’t see that, then I hope you have found someone to dress you each day, because clearly, you haven’t the capacity to do it yourself.

Kyle Wingfield

December 6th, 2012
1:55 pm

Aquagirl @ 1:45: Where did I say such a thing?