DeMint’s Departure: Disaster or Blessing?
The conservative world is abuzz today with the news of Jim DeMint’s departure from the Senate to lead the Heritage Foundation. Senator DeMint made this statement:
It’s been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in United States Senate for the past eight years. But now it’s time for me to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for America’s future.
While journalists and conservative pundits speculate on the wisdom of this choice and the repercussions for the party, much of the attention is now getting shifted to DeMint’s possible replacement. Anonymous sources have indicated DeMint would prefer it be Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC). Scott was elected in 2010 with strong Tea Party support and withstood pressure from House Republican’s to vote for the debt ceiling increase in 2011.
Ultimately of course, the decision is up to Governor Nikki Haley to appoint someone to fill the remainder of the term. Known for being one of the most conservative members of the South Carolina house delegation, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), who has also expressed his desire to run for DeMint’s seat in 2016 if a third term was not pursued, commented to The Hill on his confidence in Gov. Haley’s ability to select a strong replacement.
I have faith Governor Haley will appoint someone with the character, leadership, and conservatism Senator DeMint has provided South Carolinians for the past eight years. I am proud to have worked with Senator DeMint and I will continue to call him a friend and a mentor in the years to come. I wish him the best of luck as he continues fighting for the conservative cause at The Heritage Foundation.
With the conservative base scrambling to recover from an election in which they failed to reach many minority groups, the prospect of replacing DeMint with an African American has obvious appeal.
Scott would be the first black Republican senator since the 1970s. The Atlantic already has an article making the case not only for Scott, but listing other possible candidates.
Unfortunately, according to Twitchy, the vile left already started posting hateful tweets regarding DeMint’s decision. Apparently they missed the “new tone” memo.
Overall, I am of the opinion that this is a strong choice, one that I’m sure Senator DeMint did not make lightly. I hope this is only one of many such choices, indicating a stronger desire to further the conservative cause than to become a career politician — which DeMint indicated from the beginning he had no desire to do.
- Tea Party leader DeMint to leave Senate, run Heritage Foundation… (thehill.com)
- DeMint Leaving Congress To Head Heritage Foundation (huffingtonpost.com)
- McConnell Statement on Sen. DeMint’s Departure From the Senate (mcconnell.senate.gov)
- Jim DeMint to Leave Senate to Run Heritage Foundation (nytimes.com)
- Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment (washingtonpost.com)