In their classic study of Lyndon Johnson, Roland Evans and Robert Novak wrote of the Johnson Network: a collection of contacts within the Washington community. At National Journal, Shane Goldmacher reports on Jim DeMint's 21st century version:
"There's no question in my mind that I have more influence now on public policy than I did as an individual senator," DeMint told NPR last week.
In large part, that's a testament to the wide network of likeminded aides and lawmakers he's placed in positions of power across Washington. "DeMint has left a legacy on the Hill that is full of ripple effects – and they're good ones," said Chris Chocola, the president of the Club for Growth, which has spent millions in GOP primaries to elect unbending conservatives. "He broke the mold and showed what could happen and he inspired others to follow."