South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina’s junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million.
Sen. DeMint’s departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint’s replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.
Do not underestimate the meaning of this or its timing.
I know people will, and will try to look at this as simply a “move that will popularize conservative values.” You’re wrong folks.
If you’ve followed Mr. DeMint over the years you know that he “gets it”, and that when not on the floor he is rather blunt with his constituents and anyone else who cares to pay attention.
Sometimes a bell does ring at important inflection points.
This is, in my opinion, one of those times.
Expect a Tickercon change within the next two weeks.