Teahadist and now head honcho at Heritage, Jim DeMint, has had a fine week:
The Heritage Foundation has gone into damage-control mode in the last few days, after coming under fire from Republicans and conservative outside groups over a report it published that puts the price tag of immigration reform at $6.3 trillion.
The conservative think tank is considering hiring a high-profile public relations firm to help deal with the fallout of the report that was supposed to be their big play in the immigration debate, according to two sources familiar with Heritage.
The group has also come under scrutiny after it was reported that one of the authors of the report asserted previously that white Americans have higher IQs than immigrants.
Michael Gonzalez, vice president of communications for the think tank, declined to comment on whether the think tank is weighing the move, but he said it has not hired any outside firms.
The rollout was supposed to be a coming out party of sorts for Jim DeMint, who took the helm of the organization last month, after giving up his Senate seat to take the job. While DeMint was expected to give the group a higher profile, the backlash and controversy are not the kind of attention the group was hoping to garner.
And the fuzzy math of the ridiculous “study” is not all:
The Heritage Foundation’s Jason Richwine, who co-authored the think tank’s study claiming immigration reform will cost trillions of dollars, contributed two articles to a “nationalist” website about Hispanic incarceration rates, Yahoo News reported Thursday.
Richwine came under fire after the Washington Post reported Wednesday that his Harvard dissertation argued Hispanics have lower IQs than Caucasians and that the United States should screen immigrants based on their IQ scores.
According to Yahoo News, Richwine wrote two articles on “crime rates among Hispanics in the United States” for the site AlternativeRight.com, a website run by Richard Spencer, “a self-described ‘nationalist’ who writes frequently about race and against ‘the abstract notion of human equality.'”
These guys have the reverse Midas touch- everything they touch turns to shit. And it is awesome. Basically, Jim DeMint is doing to Heritage what Jonah Goldberg and John Derbyshire did to the National Review, and we should cheer it, even though it is racist filth, because the more they discredit themselves, the better we all are. The sociopaths on Morning Joe would love to promote this garbage, but when shit gets all tainted with Klan and Stormfront, they run for cover.
I’m sure David Gregory will still find an excuse to have DeMint on this Sunday morning, though.