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That's what longtime wingnut profiteer Richard Viguerie thinks, according to the top story at newsmax.com now.

Viguerie started his direct-mail business with a Goldwater list, and has made a bundle scaring money out of older white conservatives in his regular mailings.

He presumably did that for DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund, so the following quotes from Viguerie should be viewed in a commercial light:

Jim DeMint will have a bigger microphone than before. If he wants to, this opens up a lot more opportunities for him. I think there’s a decent chance that he’ll be a serious presidential candidate in four years.
More below.

DeMint was mentioned as a tea party favorite son for President this time, but did not begin to run.

Next time will be different, Viguerie claims:

(DeMint at Heritage) is going to be a boon to the cause, to Heritage. And it gives him a major opportunity to run for president in four years. And if so, he would be the instant front-runner among most conservatives.
"Instant front-runner among most conservatives" means the real front-runner, because GOP primary voters are the conservative/tea party base.

DeMint will get a lot more visibility as Heritage leader, Viguerie argues (though the guy he's replacing is unknown outside the wingnut/Village bubble):

As president of Heritage he will be spending maybe three, four, five days a week on the road, talking to major donors and to the conservative grass-roots. So he will add a whole new dimension to his base of support up there. He will be building relationships with hundreds of thousands of conservative activists and donors.
But here's the important part, for Viguerie:
Heritage mails millions of letters every month, and he will have his name on them now. So he’ll be in front of millions of conservative activists on a weekly basis.
Viguerie is probably right about DeMint, and will certainly be mailing to his lists about that soon.

The newsmax.com article also includes DeMint love from a more minor wingnut grifter -- Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express:

He is our rock in the United States Senate. But at the same time, 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.

2016 is thousands of news cycles away, and no one really has any idea who the GOP will nominate then.

But if the GOP's conservative base remains wacked-out (especially in Iowa), and if DeMint wants to go through the grind, he will have a much better chance of winning the nomination than the various tea party favorites of 2012.

Which will be great news for Democrats and the country -- eight more years guaranteed.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

    by devtob on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:00:11 PM PST

  •  Well, he does seem to be considering it (11+ / 0-)

    And it might be easier for him to make his run outside of the Senate then as a sitting Senator (he's "outside" of government and wants to ride in to clean it up).

    Of course, if DeMint were the nominee, expect another Goldwater-style disaster for the GOP. The man is unelectable outside of a deep Red state.

  •  Another prediction (4+ / 0-)
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    devtob, Rosalie907, JeffW, Mostel26

    the koch bros (they run the Heritage fundnation) will now use demint to threaten current congresscritters and select new critters to run.  The kochs see this as their election central.  Demint will oversee their continued attempts to overthrow the constitution and democracy.  Writing delusional/intentionally misleading white papers will become secondary.  Subverting the republican brand will take precedence.

    •  Unless DeMint screws it up... n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      devtob

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:07:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Looks like great news, with one caution (3+ / 0-)
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      quetzal, devtob, JeffW

      a large group of rightwing zealots could split the wacko vote in the GOP primary, possibly leaving room for a near-right conservative such as Christie to win the nomination.  He definitely has enough gravitas ;-) to make him formidable in a general election.

      But this year, less-fanatical plutocrat RMoney could only win the nomination by spewing wingnut swill, making him unelectable in November.

       We can hope for a repeat in 2016, but can't count on it.  Our side must seize the opportunity created by TP domination of the GOP to frame the issues in a way that both deals with real issues and mobilizes an enduring progressive majority.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:20:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Who knows where the Tea Party (4+ / 0-)
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    And those who support them will be in 4 years.  The way they're going we'll be saying "Tea Party?  Yea, I remember them, they were a blink in our governmental process but they imploded and no longer exist."

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 09:18:53 PM PST

  •  When I hear Jim DeMint speaking about (2+ / 0-)
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    nearly anything, I sense a very dark energy pervading what he says, what he stands for, and even who is is.

    That sounds like New Age aura caption in one respect, but a dark aura is the closest phrase to this sense I can get.  

    It's Dark Tea.

    There's a dreariness to DeMint, some blend of the strikingly dull and the emotionally dead.  

    It makes sense for DeMint to take a much higher-paying job and to lead a high-profile Koch-supported enterprise.  He could win the GOP nomination from such a perch.  

    Hard to see, though, how a more focused and intense package of the ideology and policies that defeated the Republicans nationally in 2012 would improve their odds in 2016.  

  •  with the rise of support for LGTB rights, DeMint (1+ / 0-)
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    won't have much of a chance

    Sen. DeMint: Same-Sex Marriage Destructive to Society, Gays Immoral
    http://www.towleroad.com/...

    see #4 here
    11 Reasons You’re Glad Jim DeMint Is Leaving The Senate
    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Faux News ruined my state

    by sc kitty on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:01:35 AM PST

  •  The GOP base wants a True Conservative (2+ / 0-)
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    and DeMint would fit the bill.  In the past four years the Republican Party has devolved into the John Birch Society.  It is impossible to see how they can win the White House running a candidate as conservative as DeMint and hard to see how they will nominate anyone more moderate.

    I just wonder how badly the GOP will damage America before they fall apart.

    A new birth of freedom..

    by docterry on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 01:54:19 AM PST

  •  Yes Please! (1+ / 0-)
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    devtob

    A DeMint run for President would be excellent, especially if the $ follows him. A DeMint-ite civil war splintering the Republican Party into both Tea Party and leftover Republicans would be ever better. I pray for a splinter of the Republican Party. The resulting Democratic supermajorities would really allows for some great legislative gains.

  •  Demint would lose like Goldwater (1+ / 0-)
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    devtob

    Maybe the republicans need a Goldwater like defeat to come back to reality. I doubt DeMint could win more than 150-175 electoral votes if nominated.
    He would lose every state except the deep south and the usual deep red states in the plains. Please proceed senator!

  •  While it would boost (1+ / 0-)
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    popcorn sales nationwide if he were to win the nomination, and I know that the tea bag base adores him, it ain't gonna happen.

    There are reasons fake conservative Romney was inevitably going to win the nomination, and they have to do with the appearance of competency, and money. DeMint lacks the first, and would only get the second by attracting a lone looney millionaire like Shelly "I'm Really A Liberal" Adelson. Also, he is less beloved of the DC GOP establishment than Ron Paul, and possibly even Romney.

    IMO, this move was engineered to get him out of the way. Then the Republican Party can do enough negotiating over the next couple of years to claim that they're not being obstructionists. Or maybe this is their attempt to get Harry Reid not to try for filibuster reform.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:51:23 AM PST

  •  Why not. He's already morphing into Reagan... (1+ / 0-)
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    Look at the hair.

  •  He will get a lot more visibility (1+ / 0-)
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    within the republican party and he will have access to all of the amenities offered by Heritage/Sciaffe.  He will be kept from the general public's radar in order to prep him for his candidacy, which means that all things negative about him will disappear in the next year or so.  He will emerge from that cocoon as a sane and moderate conservative.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:48:03 AM PST

  •  "2016 is thousands of news cycles away"? Not. (1+ / 0-)
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    The next presidential election is only about 1400 days from now. We will see media coverage starting in 1000 days or less. And anyone who expects to win it needs to get on the stick in 7-800 days, at the latest.

    Similarly, the next midterm election is in about 700 days. Any interested candidates need to be organizing themselves in the next 150-250 days.

    This stuff is right around the corner.

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