A decade later, here's the striking postscript to Demuth's paper.
Over the next 20 years, Demuth built AEI into the most important think tank Washington had ever seen.
But Demuth wanted to resume the writing he had sacrificed in order to raise the funds to support the work of others.
If anybody ever deserved an untroubled berth as an AEI scholar, it was Demuth.
No wonder, Demuth concluded back in 2004, that governors reach the presidency so much more often.