The Heritage Foundation has been the premiere Republican think tank for many years. From now on, however, it will no longer be a think tank, because it devolved into a stink tank with the appointment of Jim DeMint (R-InsaniTEA) at it’s head.
Jim DeMint was on the verge of being where every senator longs to be — holding a top position on an influential committee with oversight of industries critical to his state.
But, as is so often the case with the maverick from South Carolina, DeMint turned his back on convention. Instead he announced Thursday that he would resign to become president of the Heritage Foundation. The move puts DeMint at the head of the most prominent conservative nonprofit organization in Washington and in a position he hopes will afford more power to move the Republican Party in an ever-rightward direction.
“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,” DeMint, 61, said in a statement.
DeMint’s decision marks a monumental change from a not-so-long-ago era when abandoning a prime perch in the Senate to head a think tank would have been unthinkable… [emphasis added]
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The thought has crossed my mind, that perhaps, he is being pushed out by establishment Republicans. Helping recruit and supporting such notables as Todd Akin, Sharon Angle, Richard Mourdock and Christine O’Donnell certainly hurt Republican standing in the Senate.
Here’s a scary thought. The AEI, dominated by Neocons, will become the premiere Republican think tank.
Ezra Klein talked about the heritage Foundation and how inappropriate it is to put DeMint at its head.
One thing is certain, the Heritage Foundation no longer has a full tank. The stink tank is EmpTEA.