South Carolina's Jim DeMint, the Tea Party's leading advocate in Washington, will be leaving the Senate come January, probably so he can spend less time with people like Jim DeMint. DeMint will take up the presidency of the Heritage foundation, while Governor Nikki Haley will name his Senate replacement. What does it all mean?
1. Lindsey Graham no longer has to talk to DeMint. He'll also face much weaker primary competition in 2014, as South Carolina's battiest conservatives compete for DeMint's old seat in the 2014 special election.
2. Tim Scott, the lone African-American Republican in the House has a good shot at becoming the chairman, vice-chairman and lone member of the Republican Senate Black Caucus, as he'd be the only African-American in the Senate.
3. The word "woah" is going to trend on Twitter.
4. Alvin Greene has a chance at a comeback!
5. They don't call him DeMint for nothing. The outgoing president of Heritage made $1.1 million in 2010.
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