Senator James Warren DeMint is potentially the most influential man in the Republican Party today, and in some estimation, the nation. He is in a uniquely placed position at this point of time in American history to sway the future direction of the country.
For those who are under the impression that Senator DeMint’s resignation from the Senate is a sign of surrender owing to his behind the scenes clashes with Speaker of the House John Boehner, think again. The fiery conservative, de facto tea party Congressional leader and economic libertarian did indeed leave in the wake of some very public exchanges with Speaker Boehner, but he is now the president of The Heritage Foundation.
Heritage, for all intents and purposes, has been the brains of the GOP for the last four decades. Senator DeMint’s arrival will now determine the overall ideology and direction of the Republican Party collectively in the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential election. The tea party implosion that so many predicted will not happen. Instead, its ideology will be infused into the conventional establishment mindset. The only questions that remains are, how ideologically pure will DeMint shaped the party to, and will he personally spearhead the 2016 election by throwing his own hat in the ring?