Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) speaks to Heritage Foundation staff Thursday after being announced as Heritage's next president. Photo: Shealah Craighead.

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson wrote on praising the news that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) will succeed Heritage President Ed Feulner next April.

“The Heritage Foundation Board should be commended for what, at this time in relations between the Republican Party and conservative movement, can honestly be considered a brave and genius move,” Erickson explains.

He explained why DeMint’s arrival at Heritage will bolster the conservative movement:

The conservative movement, still so attached to Reagan, risks becoming a relic of history as it fails to adapt to the twenty-first century tackling new ideas with its timeless principles…

The Heritage Foundation, which more or less arose from the ashes of the Goldwater conservatism that failed in the late sixties, became a key player within institutional establishment Republican politics over the past decade, and now suddenly finds its founder retiring and passing the keys over to the man who has helped restart the conservative movement within the political wing of the GOP in the way Ed Feulner restarted the conservative movement within the intellectual wing of the GOP.

There is no better person to take Ed Feulner’s job. It is a marvelous transition. Ed Feulner knew he was not the indispensable man, but has now made sure the Heritage Foundation remains the indispensable organization within the conservative movement. That is a brilliant legacy.

Since its founding, The Heritage Foundation has been committed to formulating and promoting policies based on sound conservative principles. That will not change.

What do you think of DeMint’s coming role as The Heritage Foundation’s president?

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