"Will DeMint's Exit Impact The Tea Party?"

Having served as a Heritage Foundation intern and as a reporter who covered Jim DeMint, this is a big win for The Heritage Foundation and the conservative movement.

DeMint’s departure will certainly create a void in tea party Senate leadership, but there are enough qualified replacements (Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Ted Cruz) waiting in the wings to take up that mantle of leadership.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at Politico's "The Arena"

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