- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2012

Fiscally sensible, check. Limited government, check. Pro-life, check. Leadership qualities, check. Thrilled conservatives and contented Republicans have tweeted their delight over South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to appoint Rep. Tim Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint next month. Mr. Scott’s admirer’s have organized public congratulations cards signed by thousands. They have pined for his official senatorial Twitter account to go active. They have hip-hip hurrayed and applauded. Among the many, many reviews:

“We are excited and encouraged.” (GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli).

Rep. Scott represents a new wave of leadership in the Senate, the Republican Party and in the conservative movement a wise and courageous decision.” (Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring)

Tim Scott is a passionate, thoughtful and sincere advocate for the people of South Carolina and for limited government principles.” (Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican)


“Great news to both the country and the pro-life movement. Congressman Scott has demonstrated compassion and clarity on the abortion issue.” (Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List)

“Kudos to Gov. Haley for choosing a proven fiscal conservative to continue the legacy set by Jim DeMint.” (FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe)

Tim Scott has taken our core values seriously in the House and we have every reason to expect similar, principled behavior in the Senate,” (Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots)

CONSERVATIVE REVELING

Outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint already has greeted holiday revelers at the Heritage Foundation, where he takes over as president in April. The South Carolina Republican appeared with much good cheer at the organization’s annual Christmas party Monday, an event that is heavy-duty conservative, boasting venerable heroes, contemporaries of Ronald Reagan, fans of Barry Goldwater, eager young turks, gruff but good-humored bloggers, exuberant women in holiday attire, stylish Libertarians, policy prognosticators and journalists who have seen it all. Needless to say, all wanted to shake the hands of Mr. DeMint and outgoing President Ed Feulner.

“The Heritage Foundation is in a position to do more to save our country than any other organization I’m aware of. I believe that we have put together here the power, the muscle, the ideas to turn things around,” said Mr. DeMint.

The open bar was busy but not overwhelmed. And the eats? Among the choices: politically incorrect but tasty pigs in a blanket; crab and artichoke dips; an array of American cheese and breads, hummus, pistachio and hazelnut lavash flatbread, plus olives for those in a Mediterranean mood; and, of course, holiday cookies, pastries, chocolate truffles and gourmet coffee with sugar crystals, whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

CLANDESTINE CLAUS

Proving that the federal agency is truly loaded with generous secret Santas, the CIA recently presented enough playtime goodies to the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” program to fill a hefty panel truck. “The men and women of CIA are all about service,” observed Acting Director Michael J. Morell.

But what does the head man give the youngsters? Mr. Morell donated a Lego building set for a transport “chopper.” His wife, Mary Beth, offered a snappy “Dora the Explorer” kit.

ETERNAL GAS BAG

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