Two reports today (obviously from “off”) try to speculate on the future of Sen. Jim DeMint, who really hasn’t been able to shut his mouth since Election Day.

First, “Philadelphia’s Family Newspaper” floats the idea of DeMint running for president in 2012.

“Jim DeMint has that potential, but nothing beyond that,” Dr. Dunn said, cautioning it is still too early to determine who will emerge as the conservative leader. But Dr. Dunn believes Mr. DeMint has one thing going for him – geography.

“He comes out of the old South and for the Republican party to win a presidential election it has to carry to the old South,” Dr. Dunn said pointing to Mr. McCain’s losses in Virginia and North Carolina.

We can’t see it happening. If he does run, he’d be positioning himself for Veep at best.

But before DeMint worries about 2012, the Southern Political Report suggests that he should be focused on 2010.

Jim DeMint (R) won his US Senate seat in 2004 with 54% in a hard-fought battle with state Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum (D). … DeMint will be favored year after next, but Palmetto State Democrats are feeling feisty after their stronger-than-usual showing this year and may make mount a significant challenge.

Tenenbaum is likely going to be looking for the open governor’s race and there are few other Democrats (none, actually) who have the type of footing necessary to launch a statewide campaign that could rattle DeMint’s solid conservative support.

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