Wow. The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Senator DeMint is resigning in order to head up The Heritage Foundation.

Twitter is buzzing with the news.

More from Senator DeMint:

The press release from his office:

December 6, 2012

DeMint to Leave Senate to Lead the Heritage Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced that he will leave the Senate at the beginning of January to become the next president of The Heritage Foundation, the largest and most respected conservative think tank in America.

“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.

“I’m leaving the Senate now, but I’m not leaving the fight. I’ve decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas. No organization is better equipped to lead this fight and I believe my experience in public office as well as in the private sector as a business owner will help Heritage become even more effective in the years to come.

“I’m humbled to follow in the footsteps of Ed Feulner, who built the most important conservative institution in the nation. He has been a friend and mentor for years and I am honored to carry on his legacy of fighting for freedom.

“My constituents know that being a Senator was never going to be my career. I came to Congress as a citizen legislator and I’ve always been determined to leave it as citizen legislator. South Carolina has a deep bench of conservative leaders and I know Governor Haley will select a great replacement.

“One of the most rewarding things I’ve done in the Senate is work with the grassroots to help elect a new generation of leaders who have the courage to fight for the principles of freedom that make this country so great. I’m confident these senators will continue the legacy of conservative leaders before them.”

Jim DeMint was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 after owning a successful advertising and market research company for twenty years. DeMint left the House after limiting himself to three terms and then was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.

During his time in office, DeMint has been tireless advocate for Americans taxpayers. His goal has been to support and defend the Constitution, which was written to preserve liberty by restraining the federal government. Toward that end, he authored legislation to balance the budget, ban earmarks, replace the tax code, and reform our entitlement programs. He also led the fight against unconstitutional power grabs like the Wall Street bailout and Obamacare.

Sen. DeMint is a staunch conservative and the Left is, predictably, giddy with hate at the news.

Media Matters’ Oliver Willis is oh-so-classy, as always.

Stay classy, toots. Love the “new tone!”

Sen. DeMint said in the press release, “One of the most rewarding things I’ve done in the Senate is work with the grassroots to help elect a new generation of leaders who have the courage to fight for the principles of freedom that make this country so great.”

Speculation over that next generation started swiftly.

And, some more jackassery from Willis.

Get it? The GOP is racist and stuff! That’s why they want Tim Scott.

Heritage is celebrating the news, as are other conservatives.

Sen. DeMint tweets the news.

Twitchy will continue to monitor and bring you further developments.

Update: Sarah Palin and Sens. Rubio and Toomey send their congratulations and thanks.

Update: Hmm. Tim Scott speculation grows.


And Tim Scott weighs in.

  • Peyton

    DeMint’s done a great job of getting constitution loving Senators elected. Just think about what he can do at the largest conservative think tank.

  • Peyton

    The Dems don’t want us to pick Tim Scott. They’d prefer that we just sell the seat like Blago did.

  • MaddMedic

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word… and commented:
    I don’t see a problem with this…As you can be more of a pain in the ass to Politicians from the sidelines and being nice?
    Eff that!!

  • BeyondPolls

    Gov Haley should put Tim Scott in the Senate and Herman Cain should primary Taxby Chambliss. Oh the anticipation of the racist Left <3

  • Clayton B

    who could blame the guy for leaving? Lead a well respected think-tank, or swim against the tide in a septic tank? easy choice.

  • Purple State

    Hopefully under DeMint’s leadership, Heritage will continue its tradition of solid conservative ideas, such as the individual mandate in health care reform.

    • Gustavo

      Yes Heritage did invent Obamacare, and yes as recently as 2007 DeMint was loud, proud and on the record as a major supporter of Obamacare. If only that meddling Obama kid hadn’t come along and proposed and passed their idea into law. He’s such a muslim, radical christian, commie, nazi, narcissist, meany, cootie-filled man.

  • Josephine (D)

    I want Tim Scott just to piss off the Left. c:

    • conservativechick

      His name will become Uncle Tom, just like the rest of them who dare oppose the party of ‘WE KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU.’

  • El1iP3S01D

    Have the left threaten Demint?

  • Vennoye

    Good for him! I’d want to get away from little ole Harry too!! What a sad, sad joke DC is.

    • stuckinIL4now

      I’d wanna get away from that guy, too, but DeMint said that Reid is actually a very good friend of his and he met with him this morning.

      • conservativechick

        That’s hard to believe, even though I know Jim is a very nice guy and is probably nice to everyone.

  • $24698634

    They deserve each other.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Just heard Jim DeMint and Ed Feulner on with Rush and I’m encouraged that there’s hope for conservatism yet. DeMint has extensive marketing experience so I think he has lot to offer in getting out the conservative message like the RINOS can’t, don’t and won’t.

  • Gustavo

    DeMint will be sadly missed by Democrats and especially the DSCC. Without DeMint’s valiant efforts, the GOP would probably have taken the Senate in 2010 and would have certainly in 2012. I know Majority Leader Reid owes a debt of thanks.

  • Teritd

    Awe Gustavo you must live in Washington State and smoking legal marijuana. Here is Sen DeMint’s record to enlighten you.

    • Gustavo

      I know DeMint’s record pretty thoroughly, and yes he dis support Obamacare before Obama was President and yes he did recruit a bunch of straight up nut cases (and in one instance a witch) who in red state after red state managed to say and do stupid, crazy things which allowed endangered and improbable Dem candidates to win upset elections. Harry Reid not only won a Senate seat he was sure to lose because of DeMint’s kookie “Chickens for health care” candidate, he retained the Majority leader position because sure thing Dem losers in DE, CO, MO, IN etc., etc ended up winning Senate seats.

      • KansasGirl

        Seems to me you would be happy…yet you show so much hate.
        Typical leftist.

        • Gustavo

          Here you go, it may help you understand which emotions you are trying to describe.

          For obvious reasons I’m sad DeMint is leaving the Senate, but hate is hardly even appropriate here. If you know the history of AEI, Heritage etc. you know that they were designed to be “scholarly” institutions to refute whatever findings independent and academic research developed. In reality they they were “Talking Point mills” that took advantage of corporate media’s bias for “Controversy” and were very good at having bookers and producers dial up their “scholars” for quotes and appearances. DeMint and his intellect are well-known which means that with this one move they have managed to diminish both their statures.

          • KansasGirl

            Lol. I don’t have much faith in “independent and academic” research.
            As far as “Talking Point mills”, look no further than “Journolist”.
            Also, wasn’t it Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton and other “scholarly” pundits that met with O at the WH this week?

          • KansasGirl

            Lol. I don’t have much faith in “independent and academic” research.
            As far as “Talking Point mills”, look no further than “Journolist”.
            Also, wasn’t it Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton and other “scholarly” pundits that met with O at the WH this week?

  • detroit19

    Congratulations and best wishes to my senator, Jim DeMint, and thank you, sir, for your service on behalf of the people of the Upstate! Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Streetiebird

    We can thank the Heritage foundation for leading the charge into the new Conservative movement that “Deficits don’t matter” (at least when a Republican is President). Since Reagan they have been pushing hard to reduce the size of government by starving it of tax dollars, making them the heroes of the rightwing, the enemies of the poor, and a threat to all social programs. So yeah, there may be a wee bit of hostility towards them on the left.

    • emjem24

      You’re kidding me, right? I mean… when have social programs become sacred cows? Why does the military have to take all the cuts? I guess in la-la land like yours, if you want your gov’t to be accountable for how it spends money, suddenly you’re a hater. I have nothing but contempt for both parties and their spending ways. I do not want to be Greece and it’s time to start acting like grownups and start putting this country on a financial diet. I’m sorry if you cannot see that and must be vitriolic toward those you hate instead of offering solutions.
      Keep hating, sweetie pie.

      • Streetiebird

        So then you approve of all the cuts Obama has already made? What do you think of his reductions in spending?

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    I have the utmost respect for Heritage, but this is a sad day indeed. Rome is crumbling, one brick at a time….

  • lillymckim

    Every Republican candidate in 2010-2012 running said:

    I will not raise taxes in a recession.

    I will reduce the spending.

    I will not compromise my conservative positions.

    Every Republican said we don’t have a tax problem we have a spending problem.

    Every Republican is falling back and now says we lost and we will compromise “every principle” we ran on.

    We lost so we lost our principles too?

    Are we watching the Republican Party without conservative values turn into the Democrats lite?

    Have these same Republicans forgotten how they got the house back in 2010?

    We will not forget in 2014-2016

  • emjem24

    I’m not really surprised by this news. I respect Sen. DeMint and he took on both the leftists and the RINO establishment. As other people have pointed out, he swam against the tide of corruption, intellectual laziness, and gridlock. While I’m sad to see him go, maybe he’ll make a bigger difference over at Heritage Foundation. I felt like he gave a damn about this country unlike the sewage pond that represents both houses of Congress now.