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The only black man in the 113th Senate . . .

. . . will be the only man ever appointed to the Senate by an Indian American woman.  South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, reports, Ed Morrissey

will appoint Rep. Tim Scott to replace Senator Jim DeMint in the US Senate, making Scott the upper chamber’s only African-American member, and give him a boost in the 2014 special election for the rest of DeMint’s term. ..

(Via Instapundit.)  Oh, and Scott is a Republican.  Just as there are no African-American Democratic Senators, there are no Indian-American or Hispanic Democratic governors.  Two of the three Senators of Hispanic background are Republican.

Some news reports notwithstanding, Scott will not occupy the Senate seat once held by Strom Thurmond.  Lindsay Graham sits in that chair.



  1. Thanks Dan. In support of my new Senator, I have secured his new Twitter handle @SenTimScott. We didn’t want it to fall into unfriendly hands. I will turn it over to his staff as soon as they need it!

    Comment by Bruce Carroll - @GayPatriot — December 17, 2012 @ 12:33 pm - December 17, 2012

  2. This of course will confuse the libs. A Sikh woman appointing a black man? Inconcievable!

    What they don’t understand is that Conservatives judge a person by the content of their character, not the colour of their skin.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 17, 2012 @ 12:36 pm - December 17, 2012

  3. polite web design headsup; the new social buttons are too close to the comments link. you’ll be wanting to put some padding or margin in there or something.

    [GP Ed. Note: Thanks. We are trying to get a new plug-in to work…but it isn’t meshing well with our 6 year old structure.]

    Comment by facesofkoridai — December 17, 2012 @ 1:04 pm - December 17, 2012

  4. Well he’s not authentically black, of course. I know nothing about Scott, he may or may not be a good politician, SC isn’t my state so I couldn’t say. Yet we can already see the usual coming from liberal blogs, like JMG.

    JMG quotes this from a news story about Scott’s impending appointment:

    Raised by a single mother, he was, by his account, a lost child who struggled with school and with life until a Chick-fil-A franchise owner took him on as a protégé and schooled him in conservative principles.

    And has this to say:

    Bolding is mine. Scott will become the first black Senator from the South in over a century.

    Now I have problems with the views expressed by Cathy of Chik-fil-A, but what do they have to do with Scott? The man was given help growing up by a franchisee of Chik-fil-A. That’s something to praise, not scorn.

    But of course we see what JMG’s commenters think of this:

    Thomas Hill − He has connections to CFA. Why bother with deliberation, isn’t that enough of a qualification.

    Charlie Brennan −
    The first black senator from the South is a Tea Party Uncle Tom. Great.

    Marty Epstein − So fried chicken makes an Uncle Tom? as long as it’s fried in the grease of Jesus

    TimCA − Since this idiot would be totally unelectable in any black constituency, he’ll provide some cheap window dressing for the GOP.

    SavonarolasAshes − A proud graduate of the Betty Bowers ex-Negro School.

    CurieuxBleu − This guy may be black on the outside, but inside he’s as White far Reich wing Christianist conservative irrelevant as they come. Might as well be in the KKK so he could wear the white hood over this head. He doesn’t represent women, reasonable fair minded people of education, young people, LGBT, people with economic struggle on their plates, people at risk from gun violence in America, or the concerns of the average family. What he does represent is bigotry, inequality and injustice. And that is what the modern teabag GOP is all about.

    Comment by JohnAGJ — December 17, 2012 @ 1:14 pm - December 17, 2012

  5. How can this be? Doesn’t Gov. Haley realize that all Republicans are racists? Interesting….the ONLY black Senator is a Republican.

    Comment by Mary — December 17, 2012 @ 1:22 pm - December 17, 2012

  6. The Teabaggers sure are gonna be pissed when they find out the Republicans put a negro in the senate.

    Comment by Average Democrat — December 17, 2012 @ 1:53 pm - December 17, 2012

  7. I seems “Average Democrat, the only people that are “pissed,” and unhinged with their heads stuck up their a$$ are democrats and liberals. I wonder why that seems to be the case.

    Comment by mixitup — December 17, 2012 @ 3:34 pm - December 17, 2012

  8. He clearly is self-loathing and is not really black…just pretending to be black. Anyone who is truly black has to be a Liberal.

    Comment by Tom — December 17, 2012 @ 3:55 pm - December 17, 2012

  9. So an African American senator is appointed, and he is deemed unfit by the left because he is an African American republican and those shouldn’t exist.

    I really hate this belief from the left that one must hold to a certain political set of beliefs in order to be “real.”

    Let the “Uncle Tom” comments commence.

    That said, Smith sounds like a good choice and I hope he advocates for conservatives and the people of SC to the best of his ability.

    Comment by Just Me — December 17, 2012 @ 5:15 pm - December 17, 2012

  10. Obviously conservatives are only racist when they choose to judge people by their skin colour. I mean, if they judge people by their skin colour, they never like those people. They only like the black people who they don’t judge based on their skin colour (obviously when they don’t like black people, it is because of their skin colour). Therefore, they are racist. Or something.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — December 17, 2012 @ 7:40 pm - December 17, 2012

  11. Leave it to the dopey mainstream media to not realize the US Senate is divided into three classes, beginning with the creation of the body, and modified with the addition of new states to the union over the years. Geez, even Wikipedia has that info…(which would have told them which class seat Strom Thurmond once held).

    Comment by RSG — December 18, 2012 @ 12:59 am - December 18, 2012

  12. Regardless of which side they’re on, the contemporary American obsession with magical minorities is a sign of a deeper societal dislocation. Republicans can play the game all they want, but it’s rigged.

    Comment by EssEm — December 18, 2012 @ 12:30 pm - December 18, 2012

  13. The elephant being the Republican symbol, I find it ironic that the Elephant In the Room of the GOP is race. And Republicans do not know how to talk about it, the rules having been laid down in stone over the last 50 years by others.

    The basic rule, btw, is that every other group in the US is expected to assert its own self-interest, and proudly, except for Whites (and White men especially), whose only permissible consciousness of themselves as a racial group is as penitents. Any self-assertion or self-interest under the White rubric is automatically and unforgivably “racist.” The game is entirely rigged and those who play it will continue to lose.

    The 2012 election showed what the 2012 convention showed, that the GOP is The White Party. A majority of Whites voted GOP and 90% of Romney’s votes came from Whites. Ninety percent.

    Trumpeting a Black senator appointed by a Sikh female Governor will have about as much effect on this game as naming Condoleeza Rice Secretary of State. And we know how impressed and appreciative all the People of Color were about that.

    Comment by EssEm — December 18, 2012 @ 3:46 pm - December 18, 2012

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