The head of the Heritage Foundation is
an old conservative from, of course,
Now he will be doing the same, but from outside the Senate – from a perch free of seniority rules, powerful
leadership structures and procedural quirks.
DeMint announced Thursday that he will be leaving the Senate in January to head the Heritage Foundation think tank, becoming what one senior Republican describes as the “CEO of the conservative movement.” DeMint leaves behind a mixed record of success in bolstering the ranks of Tea Party-minded senators, but his legacy of influencing the direction of the GOP is likely far from over.