Senator Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate in order to take over the Heritage Foundation. DeMint has been one of the more thorny Republicans opposing President Barack Obama’s initiatives over the last four years. The long serving Senator said in a statement that:
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in the 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.”
The move comes as it is likely that DeMint’s ability to derail judicial nominees and any Progressive legislation he wants to is about to be severely curtailed. His replacement will be a Republican, so the balance of power in the Senate seems unlikely to be altered.