Mr. DeMint — who has fashioned himself into a bit of a kingmaker for conservative Republicans, often at the expense of his own Republican colleagues — now finds himself with a comfortable and well-paying perch that will provide a platform to continue his efforts to push the Republican Party to the right.
His imminent departure will allow him to advocate even more loudly against a big budget deal that includes higher tax revenues sought by President Obama. He has been among the biggest critics of a deal proffered by House Speaker John A. Boehner to address the impending fiscal crisis by generating at least $800 billion in new tax revenue.
I’m sorry to see Sen. DeMint go as he’s always been a staunch advocate of Tea Party principles: limited government, cutting spending and lowering taxes. But the silver lining here is that he will have an even louder more influential voice as the head of the Heritage Foundation, reaching more Americans and charting a course towards conservative goals with an army of activists ready to assist.