Scorched-earth Tea Partyer Jim DeMint resigns from Senate

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The Senate’s scorched-earth Tea Party godfather — Jim DeMint of South Carolina — has stepped down to head the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.

DeMint is the always concerned-looking, handsome Club for Growth elder statesman who stood by Todd Akin when every Republican walked away, channeled funds to Akin and said, “We support Todd Akin and hope freedom-loving Americans in Missouri and around the country will join us so we can save our country from fiscal collapse.” Never mind that the problem with Akin wasn’t his fiscal policy or that he was anti-abortion, but that he was idiotic about the female reproductive system.

The same Jim DeMint favored barring gay teachers from schools because “if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom” — just like an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — “shouldn’t be in the classroom” either,” he said.

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