I haven’t been following the news about the selection process to replace Senator Jim DeMint, who stepped down earlier this month, but it is interesting to note that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has picked Rep. Tim Scott to replace DeMint.
Scott has a solidly conservative record in the US House, where he was elected in 2010 as a part of the so-called “tea party wave.” And he’s also black.
Unlike many, the skin color of a politician doesn’t matter much to me (nor does gender), but since so many others seem to be obsessed with such trivialities let’s review this situation for a moment.
Nikki Haley is a female Republican governor of Indian descent.
Tim Scott, upon being sworn into the Senate, will be the only black man serving in that house of Congress for either party.
Scott will take a Senate seat once held by segregationist Strom Thurmond. And yes, Thurmond was a Republican at the end of his career, but he was also a Democrat when he supported segregation.
In summary, a non-white female governor appointed a non-white man to replace a white man in a Senate a seat once held by one of the country’s most outspoken opponents of racial unity, and that man will serve as the only black in the US Senate.
But remember, Republicans hate women and minorities.
On a related note, this is how some in the media are spinning it: Republican’s only black member of the US House removed!
With Scott going to the Senate and Allen West losing, the 113th Congress will see no African-American Republicans in the House.
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) December 17, 2012