Earlier this month, The Brenner Brief reported on Jim DeMint’s departure from the U.S. Senate and his joining the Heritage Foundation. At that time, there was speculation regarding whether the event was a disaster or a blessing. I still firmly believe it’s a blessing and DeMint will be an incredibly valuable addition to Heritage. With the announcement of Governor Nikki Haley‘s appointing Rep. Tim Scott to replace DeMint, I believe we now have more to celebrate.
Scott was elected to the House in 2010 with strong Tea Party support and withstood pressure from House Republicans to vote for the debt ceiling increase in 2011. Oh, how one with a backbone would be a valuable asset to conservatives right now, as many are quite distraught that Speaker Boehner caved yet again.
What’s unique about Scott, of course, is that he’s one of the few African-American Republicans to hold elected office. He was one of two black House members in the 112th Congress, and beginning in January, will serve as the only African-American in the Senate, the first to ever come from South Carolina, and the first to come from the South since Reconstruction. Not only will he take seat once held by arch-segregationist Strom Thurmond, but he’ll represent a state that in 1860 seceded from the Union after affirming slavery and declaring blacks “incapable of becoming citizens.”
Although most would view this appointment as helpful to the GOP and their diversity issues, some would argue that Scott embodies many of the conservative ideals that push minorities away from the party and he has even been called ‘reactionary’ by The Washington Post:
He supports policies that can only be described as truly reactionary. He proposed a bill to kick families off of food stamps if one member went on strike as part of a union — he represents progress. And he called for the impeachment of Obama over the debt ceiling.
Scott favors repeal of Obamacare, opposed a Democratic bill to limit carbon emissions, is opposed to same-sex marriage, has pledged to abstain from earmarking and supports school choice and government-funded tuition vouchers. While there has been great debate amongst conservatives on the best way to recover from our election defeat, I stand in the camp that says we cannot compromise our core principles. Therefore, I welcome Scott’s bold statements defending those very principles.
Scott also stood out in 2010 when he chose to decline joining the Congressional Black Caucus. He said, “While I recognize the efforts of the CBC and appreciate their invitation for me to caucus with them, I will not be joining at this time,” Scott said. “My campaign was never about race.” Although it is not about race for Scott, unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the vile intolerance of the left to surface, as Twitchy reports.
Gov. Haley made it clear upon DeMint’s announcement of his departure that she didn’t want a ‘placeholder’ to fill DeMint’s seat. Instead, she wanted someone with the tenacity and staying power to win re-election. I think it’s clear from Scott’s track record that he is the man for the job. Scott started off well out of the gate by thanking his mother who raised him as a single mom and reinforcing his message of fiscal conservatism.
Senator DeMint gave a strong statement of support for Gov. Haley’s choice:
Governor Haley has made a great choice for South Carolina and the nation. Tim Scott is a principled leader and will make an outstanding senator for the people of the South Carolina and an important voice for conservatives across the nation. I’ve known Tim for years and am confident he will serve our state with honor and distinction. He’s become a good friend who I know he cares deeply about the future of our nation and will fight to increase freedom and opportunity for everyone.
See Rep. Scott’s invigorating remarks at this year’s Republican National Convention:
- DeMint’s Departure: Disaster or Blessing? (thebrennerbrief.com)
- Haley to announce Tim Scott as DeMint’s replacement (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Tim Scott named to replace Jim DeMint (legalinsurrection.com)
- No joke: Colbert is top choice to replace Sen. DeMint, says poll (tv.msnbc.com)
- First on CNN: Haley finalizes short list for DeMint seat (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)