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Sharron E. Angle
Is anybody sad that Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate?
Is anybody sad that Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate?

In a profession like politics and in a town like the nation's capital, the phenomenon of a U.S. senator voluntarily surrendering his seat for a think-tank job would have been unthinkable some years ago. The decision of Republican Jim DeMint of South Carolina, founder of the Senate Tea Party Caucus and darling of true-believing ultraconservatives, to chuck his Senate seat during his second six-year term is a measure of the growing influence of outside pressure groups on the inside workings of the legislative branch. DeMint's move to the leadership of the Heritage Foundation, the conservative powerhouse rivaling the American Enterprise Institute on the right and the Center for...

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