Kay C. James and Kim R. Holmes announced last week that they are resigning as president and executive vice president, respectively, of The Heritage Foundation. James will stay on as president for up to six months until a replacement for her is found, after which she will become a distinguished visiting fellow there, according to the announcement.
For decades, Heritage has been highly influential in the conservative public-policy establishment in the nation’s capital. Many consider it, and criticize it as, part of the D.C.-based “Conservative, Inc.” Along with many “new kids on the block” that we’ve tried to track, Heritage could help refine or redefine conservatism in the coming years. Its leadership may thus be pivotal. Its large and wide donor base, moreover, will likely inform its selection of a new leader.
For Heritage, its philanthropic and other supporters, and, well, anybody else to consider—and trying to err on the side of overinclusion, though still inadvertently omitting some good suggestions, to be sure—below is a (merely alphabetical) list of potential candidates for the role.
James Jay Carafano
Robert P. George
Victor Davis Hanson
Daniel J. Mahoney