DeMint resigning, to lead Heritage

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    Dec 06, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/jim-demint-retires-to-head-heritage-foundation-84687.html?hp=t1

    I hope he'll be as influential as he was when he supported Christine O'Donnell. At least he'll get paid more, a lot more. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 06, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidhttp://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/jim-demint-retires-to-head-heritage-foundation-84687.html?hp=t1

    I hope he'll be as influential as he was when he supported Christine O'Donnell. At least he'll get paid more, a lot more. icon_lol.gif


    Good for him.
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    Dec 06, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/06/1293171/jim-demint-resign/
    11 Reasons You’re Glad Jim DeMint Is Leaving The Senate
    1. Stood with Akin after “legitimate rape” remarks.
    2. Led the opposition against Obamacare.
    3. Wants to prevent gay or unmarried teachers from teaching in public schools.
    4. Pushed a bill outlawing the discussion of abortion over the Internet.
    5. Wants to strip all federal employees of collective bargaining rights.
    6. Blocked creation of the National Women’s History Museum.
    7. Likened striking Chicago teachers to “thugs” in the Middle East.
    8. Threatened to single-handedly shut down the Senate.
    9. Used a failed terrorist plot to attack unions.
    10. Argued that people with pre-existing conditions got better care before Obamacare.
    11. “Willing” to cause “serious disruptions” in the economy in order to secure draconian cuts.
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    Dec 06, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    Nobody leaves the US Senate mid-term to direct a political foundation. You wait until your term is over, and don't run for reelection. He can talk all he likes about continuing the debate, blah, blah, blah. But a Senator's voice & vote carry a lot of weight on the issues that concern him. You can pass around position papers at a foundation; in the Senate you pass national laws.

    So could there be an underlying personal reason for this unusual move? Is he hurting for money, and can make much more at the Heritage Foundation than a Senator's relatively modest pay? Are lucrative business deals being offered to him that a Senator cannot enjoy, because of conflicts of interest?

    Or is there a scandal brewing? That would get him censured or removed, were it to break during his Senate term? So that he can say he didn't resign under fire, but for a career change. I kinda think it's the scandal reason, given the tract record of other idealogical extremists on the Right.
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    Dec 06, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    Quitter.....like Palin, midway through. But good riddance! Not that there's not another redneck clone waiting in the wings from SC
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    Dec 06, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    Whatever the reasons, by winning reelection (rather than not running) and quitting now, he allows Nikki Haley to appoint his replacement who will have a bit of time to establish his/her record. I think that's pretty smart.
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    Dec 06, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    "DeMint worked in the field of market research. In 1983 he founded The Demint Group, a research firm based in Greenville, and ran the company until 1998 when he entered Congress." (Wiki)

    DeMint knows the Republican Party is heading toward oblivion.

    Already, Republican Senators have far less influence than they did prior to the election. Now they are even further in the minority.

    DeMint is wise to get out.
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    Dec 07, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    GeorgeLifts said"DeMint worked in the field of market research. In 1983 he founded The Demint Group, a research firm based in Greenville, and ran the company until 1998 when he entered Congress." (Wiki)

    DeMint knows the Republican Party is heading toward oblivion.

    Already, Republican Senators have far less influence than they did prior to the election. Now they are even further in the minority.

    DeMint is wise to get out.


    I think this is the correct analysis. Being in the minority, DeMint would have little influence in the next Senate. And if there is filibuster reform, he'd be sitting on his hands until 2016.

    More to the point, Heritage is a huge right-wing slush fund that employs politicos when they're not in office. What's funny is that he's so divorced from anything approaching reality.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 09, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    This is awesome news for South Carolina. Hopefully with this right wing extremist gone, lets hope that someone with a more progressive mind will replace DeMint in the Senate. Or is South Carolina going to remain a red, republican state well into the forseeable future which would be very sad.
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    Dec 09, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    DeMint has been a loud mouthed flame thrower, without any major laws that he has authored, so it's not as if he was really a real lawmaker as much as a nut job with a megaphone, so taking a position where he will basically be doing the exact same thing for more money makes sense, for a crazy bigot like DeMint.
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    Dec 09, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    DeMint is just a loudmouthed, right wing extremist that is best ignored. He has zero credibility on economic and social issues as far as I am concerned.
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    Dec 09, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.
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    Dec 10, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    Congrats to Jim DeMint. Heritage Foundation will be a great place to advocate for us conservatives.
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    Dec 10, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidCongrats to Jim DeMint. Heritage Foundation will be a great place to advocate for us conservatives.


    Well they did invent Obamacare...
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    TigerTim said
    freedomisntfree saidCongrats to Jim DeMint. Heritage Foundation will be a great place to advocate for us conservatives.


    Well they did invent Obamacare...


    I'll forgive them on that one.
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    Dec 10, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    In 2008 DeMint supported Mitt Romney largely because of Romney's creation of RomneyCare based on the Heritage Plan.

    DeMint has a lot to forget, including a record of no legislative accomplishment during his time in the Senate.

    Heritage will be a good place for him to continue his rhetoric without having any of the responsibilities he ignored during his Senate tenure.
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    Dec 11, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    Good. All those social rightwing nutjobs need to quit.
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    Dec 18, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    mocktwinkles saidGood. All those social rightwing nutjobs need to quit.
    For the sake of the GOP, all the right wing lunatics need to be permanently evicted from the republican party and pushed to the outermost fringes of society.
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    Dec 18, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    He's being replaced by Tim Scott, a Representative from NC who's also anti-gay marriage.

    His bio is available at [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Scott_(politician)[/url] and his traditional values positions at http://www.votetimscott.com/the-issues/defending-traditional-values/.

    He's black, 47, never married, "was on the brink of flunking out of high school when the owner of a Chick-fil-A franchise took him under his wing". Interesting read on: http://www.averagebro.com/2012/12/gop-appoints-black-man-to-us-senate.html