Magazine January 26, 2009, Issue

The Man Who Saved AEI

AEI president Chris DeMuth introduces President George W. Bush during an event in Washington, D.C., February 15, 2007 (Larry Downing/Reuters)
Christopher DeMuth — thinker, strategist, administrator

The leaders of Washington’s two most important conservative think tanks meet for lunch about once a year. They aren’t close friends, but Chris DeMuth of the American Enterprise Institute and Ed Feulner of the Heritage Foundation share a lot of interests. Sometimes they agree to co-sponsor a project. More often, as Feulner puts it, “we just get together and talk shop.”

During a confab at the Metropolitan Club in the summer of 2007, DeMuth quizzed Feulner about succession plans at Heritage. Feulner, who was then 66, gave an overview of his intentions as DeMuth, who was then 61, listened. Two months

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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