Sunday, December 9, 2012

On the possibility that Congressman Scott will be tabbed to replace Senator DeMint

by Clifford F. Thies

Nobody has yet given anything to Tim Scott. He has moved up the political ladder by reason of his own hard work, his ability to connect with diverse voters, from party regular to the Tea Party, and some good fortune. During the last several years, he has gone from City Council, to the State Legislature, to the U.S. Congress. His initial election to the U.S. Congress, in 2010, involved a tough primary and run-off primary to secure the Republican nomination, in which he bested sons of two of the more illustrious leaders of the contemporary Republican Party of South Carolina (sons of the late Senator Strom Thurmond and the late Governor Carroll Campbell). During the primaries, he gained the support of Senator DeMint (whom he might be replacing), Governor Nikki Haley (who would be making the appointment), the Tea Party, the Club for Growth, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and other movement conservatives. Having secured the GOP nomination, he went on to win the general election by a wide margin, and was, this year, re-elected also by a wide margin.

At the same time that Governor Haley is considering her appointment to replace Senator DeMint until the remaining portion of his term is filled by the election of 2012, black conservatives are being considered for other high offices. In Florida, Congressman Alan West is considering a Presidential run. And, in Georgia, Herman Cain received more support in a recent poll than incumbent Saxby Chambliss for the Republican nomination in 2014. But, unlike some of his contemporaries, Congressman Scott did not take the high road. He did not, right off the bat, seek high office. Instead, he took the low road. First, city council. Then, the state legislature. Then, the U.S. Congress. It has generally been this way in sports, news and entertainment, and the business world, and for women as well as for racial and ethnic minorities. The cumulative effect of hard work, sustained over many years, resulting in breaking the glass ceiling. Now, we will soon see what is next for Congressman Scott.

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