The Heritage Foundation has pretty much always been more about greed than about smarts. But yesterday, Jim DeMint announced his plans to dumb down the organization just that much more.
If you've been out of town, or perhaps on a space shuttle back from Mars, you may have missed Jim DeMint's resignation, effective January, from the Senate. He tells us that his decision to accept the position of president of the Heritage Foundation is because the conservative movement "needs strong ideas." This is like Big Bird trying to convince ETV that he is leaving to teach omelette making.
I see three reasons for Mr. DeMint's jumping ship.
First of all, he may not be smart, but he is shrewd. I imagine he started to squirm as the national election results began to come in. It appears he has decided to leave his Tea Party compatriots blowin' in the wind of the electorate's move to more progressive, less corporate, ideals.
Secondly, DeMint is hardly very smart, but he is greedy. This move will bring him in many more dollars with which he can continue to fight taxation for the common good.
Finally, DeMint is most decidedly not smart, but he knows what he likes. He does not like talking to people who will ask him annoying questions, or expect him to be accountable for his decisions. His last election campaign, Running for Re-Election for Dummies, was aided by anonymous donors who vaulted the mysterious and comedic Alvin Greene into the Democratic nominee position, right over a candidate with brains.
Jim DeMint is right up there with Clarence Thomas when it comes to sulking and refusing to talk. Both believe that their positions of power should not involve having to rub elbows with the peasants they rule. Beyond that, they hate, hate, HATE being argued with, much less mocked. It is my belief that DeMint still has nightmares over being the national laughingstock over his comments about single pregnant women not being allowed to teach.
Never again. Just as Clarence Thomas will never be required to utter a word to anyone he deems beneath him, Jim DeMint will now be amongst like fellows.
So, I would like to join the Washington Post in saying that I'm tickled that you have decided to leave this august institution, making it just a bit more august than it was while you were there. As South Carolina's own Representative Jim Clyburn pointed out, you didn't get along all that well with the other members of Congress, even those on your own side of the aisle.
I wonder how long before Heritage Foundation starts to realize just what they got themselves into....