Friday, December 7, 2012

Tea Party leader wants DeMint to run for president

Tea Party Express Chairwoman, Amy Kremer, one of the leading voices in the movement, tells NewsMax that Jim DeMint's new gig at Heritage is an ideal perch from which to launch a 2016 bid.

"I know Jim DeMint, and he is not going anywhere. I have always thought he would make a great president, and I have always thought he should make a run. …I think this is probably a step in that direction, and I hope it is. Because he’s not just a senator, he’s a statesman.”

There was a time (2010) when anything seemed possible for the tea party movement, and DeMint himself seemed to toy with the possibility of running for president in 2012.

But last month has been widely-interpreted as the death of the tea party, and while I think that's overblown, it's fair to wonder, thanks to turnout, whether the tea party can have much success in presidential election years as opposed to midterms.