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Racist Immigration Disaster As Jim DeMint Botches His Heritage Debut

UNITED STATES - MAY 6: Former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., president of the Heritage Foundation, conducts a news conference at th
UNITED STATES - MAY 6: Former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., president of the Heritage Foundation, conducts a news conference at the Foundation's offices to discuss the U.S. Senate's 'Gang of Eight' immigration bill and how the amnesty portion would have negative effects on the economy. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Heritage Foundation was supposed to be where Jim DeMint expanded his influence. Drawing on the lessons of his term-and-change in the United States Senate representing South Carolina - DeMint stunned Washington by resigning on January 1 to take the helm of the influential, nonprofit think tank - he would use the new post to shape the national debate on a whole host of issues, and bring his brand of right-wing conservatism to bear on the Republican Party.

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