Soon to be ex-Senator Jim DeMint:
“My constituents know that being a Senator was never going to be my career.”
Totes. They might have thought it was going to be for the term for which they elected him, though.
Rep. Tim Scott’s name was immediately circulated in the wake of the news as DeMint’s preferred successor. Scott is a conservative, African-American popular with Tea Party activists.
The whole “learning from the 2012 election” thing is just going swimmingly.