The right choice

Tim Scott is a fitting successor for departing Sen. Jim DeMint

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Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t just make a historic choice in appointing Rep. Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate.

She made the right one.

You want to talk historic? As the Washington Post noted, Scott – who will replace the retiring Sen. Jim DeMint as senator from South Carolina – will be “the only African-American currently serving in the Senate and the first black Republican to serve in the upper chamber since the 1970s. He will also be the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction.”

But beyond that, it’s good for South Carolina and the nation, as Scott is a rock-ribbed fiscal conservative in the fashion of DeMint himself. Now, more than ever in our history, we need fiscal conservatives to come to the fore and save the nation from the government’s runaway spending train.

It’s also good for the Republican Party, which desperately needs to diversify its ranks, particularly in the upper ranges of party leadership. The party of fiscal conservatism has an increasing number of exciting young, racially diverse talent coming on board, from Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida to Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas, to Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico and more.

The news media would have you believe otherwise, in order to portray Republicans – and conservatism in general – in only white male terms. That may help get Democrats elected, but it doesn’t help minorities; no one should try to make the lofty ideas of conservatism – including individual liberty, limited government, self-reliance and responsibility – off limits to anyone based on race or ethnicity.

Yet, they try to do that. A black sports commentator recently charged that popular and successful rookie NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III isn’t “one of us,” apparently because he harbors conservative notions and doesn’t run plays from the liberal playbook.

Leaders such as Tim Scott have it within themselves to liberate blacks and other minorities from that kind of lockstep liberal dogma, and introduce them to conservative thinking with an African-American face.

But the truth is, Tim Scott has the potential to be a crucial voice for everyone who believes in the principles this nation was founded on.

A graduate in political science from Charleston Southern University, Scott ran an insurance agency and part-owned a real-estate company and served on the Charleston County Council and in the state legislature before going to Congress in 2010.

“Governor Haley has made a great choice for South Carolina and the nation,” Sen. DeMint said in a written statement. “Tim Scott is a principled leader and will make an outstanding senator for the people of South Carolina and an important voice for conservatives across the nation.”

Moreover, we’re convinced Gov. Haley didn’t choose Scott for any other reason than he’s the best person for the job at this particular moment. She said as much.

“It is important to me, as a minority female, that Rep. Scott earned this seat,” Haley said in making the appointment Monday. “He earned this seat for the person that he is.”

We wish we weren’t losing the good services of Jim DeMint, a public servant in the truest sense. But he’s leaving the Senate to head the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, a terrific use of his talent and passion.

Moreover, Gov. Haley has made certain that the torch will be passed – and that conservatism in the U.S. Senate will have a new young standardbearer.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/12 - 12:05 am
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I love his Chick-fil-A

I love his Chick-fil-A connection.

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Jon Lester 12/19/12 - 01:53 am
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Seriously?
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You think it's "right" to vote to gut HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment funding, and also push an unfunded mandate to erect the Ten Commandments at every South Carolina courthouse?

Techfan
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Techfan 12/19/12 - 06:43 am
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"Moreover, we’re convinced

"Moreover, we’re convinced Gov. Haley didn’t choose Scott for any other reason than he’s the best person for the job at this particular moment. She said as much." Well, if she said it, it must be true. After all, she's a CPA for a multi million dollar business, always filed personal ad business taxes on time, never forgot to disclose any funds, was always faithful, and never took part in any nepotism or cronyism. She said as much. It had nothing to do with him being from a safe district (well, SC's gerrymandered so all GOP seats are safe) and has excess melanin levels.

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nofanofobama 12/19/12 - 06:59 am
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gotta love the typical

gotta love the typical liberal respnse to conservative minorities...sounds racial to me.

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Techfan 12/19/12 - 07:23 am
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That's why she picked him. I

That's why she picked him. I doubt any liberal cares what color he is. He's a carbon copy (sorry, had to) of Deminted.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/12 - 08:04 am
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Oh, y'all were hoping she

Oh, y'all were hoping she would appoint Ryan B.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/19/12 - 08:12 am
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"I doubt any liberal cares
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"I doubt any liberal cares what color he is."

Sounds to me like the conservatives don't care what color he is either.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/19/12 - 09:28 am
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Humble

Au contraire! Republicans care very much indeed what color Scott is. Republicans are desperate to prove they are not racist, that they are "all inclusive." Scott is nothing more than another Republican black trophy.
Ponder this: every black Republican congressman since Reagan has been elected from a majority white district, a district gerrymandered by Republican-controlled legislatures to virtually insure the district elects nothing but Republicans. That's the right's formula. Take a "safe" Republican district, find a black conservative to run in it, then claim how diverse you are!

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Riverman1 12/19/12 - 09:51 am
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EEL, if we are going to

EEL, if we are going to dissect things by race, I wonder how many white Democrats have been elected in majority black districts? All kinds of ways to view things from a racial angle.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 12/19/12 - 10:03 am
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eef --first of all

eef --first of all republicans are not generally racist and i resent the left constant reference to this unprovable charge...its like me asking you have you quit beating your wife ....not only can you not answer that but if you try it gets worse..2nd your charge of gerrymandering is ridiculous..its been around since who knows when and practiced by both parties..3rd in order to defeat as you would say a "token black" the left will attack him or her visciously , call them names and then claim how open minded they are in their slander as they call him uncle tom..4th its only the left that constantly refers to groups either by race gender etc..instead of as americans....but you gotta love the left ...they are so predictable in their hatred of minorities..

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/19/12 - 10:07 am
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"Au contraire! Republicans
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"Au contraire! Republicans care very much indeed what color Scott is."

Prove it, or stop making statements that violate the terms of posting which state you can't post comments that are "false, misleading, fraudulent, inaccurate, unfair, contains gross exaggeration or unsubstantiated claims"

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/19/12 - 10:12 am
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nofan

but you gotta love the right ...they are so predictable in their hatred of majorities.... November 6th proves it!

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/19/12 - 10:14 am
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Humble

"Prove it" I could, of course, but it's not worth the time or effort. Why don't you prove it's NOT true, which you no doubt believe.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/12 - 10:17 am
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"but you gotta love the right

"but you gotta love the right ...they are so predictable in their hatred of majorities.... November 6th proves it!"

Huh?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/19/12 - 10:21 am
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Nice, EEL.....I accept your
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Nice, EEL.....I accept your surrender. I assume you are smart enough to know you can't prove a negative.....but since you accused an affirmative, if it WERE true, you should be able to prove it.

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Humble Angela 12/19/12 - 10:21 am
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"but you gotta love the right
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"but you gotta love the right ...they are so predictable in their hatred of majorities.... November 6th proves it!"

I'm with you Riverman....that statement makes no sense at all.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/19/12 - 10:34 am
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Making false accusations DOES
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Making false accusations DOES violate the terms of posting here. Asking people to back it up does NOT. But I DO love the left's way of debating. When they make a false statement, and you ask them to prove it...they simply tell YOU to prove they are wrong. That is no different that ME saying you beat your wife, then telling YOU that you have to prove you don't. The burdon of proof lies on the accuser. As usual, the left wants to enjoy the benefits of someone else's work....it's a recurring event.

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ultrarnr 12/19/12 - 10:38 am
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Appointment
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I was hoping for Stephen Colbert myself.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/12 - 10:57 am
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Ultranr, Haley should have

Ultranr, Haley should have appointed Colbert since his buddies, the Democrats, have perviously said Colbert is not a serious candidate. Libs have no sense of humor.

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nofanofobama 12/19/12 - 11:50 am
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EEF -cant for the life of me

EEF -cant for the life of me understand your 10.17 post and since you didnt refute my post i quess you affirm it. the left continues to play racial political games with the budget and the american people. but the sad thing is when our dollar collapse its the poor who be hurt the most.

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swcohen 12/19/12 - 12:01 pm
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Dogma in, dogma out

"Leaders such as Tim Scott have it within themselves to liberate blacks and other minorities from that kind of lockstep liberal dogma, and introduce them to conservative..."

... dogma.

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rmwhitley 12/19/12 - 12:28 pm
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the naacp, rainbow co-alition and democrats have had their foot on the backs of blacks for so long, even they (blacks) aren't aware of it. These groups espouse poverty and a need for an uneducated following rather than come forward and help them make something of themselves. These "Uncle Tom" organizations have made these communities so dependent upon them that they ( communities) seem unable to go to the bathroom without permission. Those of you who will call me racist (and I am now) will say this is just some jerk trying to take your living away from you. Guess what? I am. Go find a job.

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justus4 12/19/12 - 04:25 pm
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Good grief! This guy will be
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Good grief! This guy will be a disgrace for people of color and will NEVER be endorsed by anyone but people who DON'T look like him. That fact should tell southern republicans something, but their blinders prevent clear observations. Tim Scott will NOT diversify the republican party! Southern whites pointing to him as some kinda example of party inclusion are delusional and devoid of the historical racial realities. DeMint once said about the President, "maybe we can break him" which was an atrocious statement! Break him??!! Well, it seems that the President DID break him and he quit. Wow! President Obama showed DeMint the door and Scott will represent southerns just like DeMint: poorly.

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Riverman1 12/19/12 - 05:04 pm
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So was the election of Obama

So was the election of Obama looked at as a historic step, symbolic of liberation of blacks... by liberals? Dogma.

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itsanotherday1 12/20/12 - 12:18 am
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On that note RM...

I usually dodge Obama press confernces because I get ill at the sight of him, but today I watched the entire pc to see what his kneejerk was to the school murders. He really talks a good game, and if one was uninformed and just listened to his rhetoric without looking at his record, it would be easy to fall for his game. Don't blame the feeble minded people who support him, I understand why they do. This guy is way ahead of Bill Clinton at pure politicking.

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