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Tim Scott picked to replace Jim DeMint

Posted: December 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm   /   by

Conservatives and lovers of liberty and limited government are happy today.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley Monday gave conservatives Rep. Tim Scott to fill the seat of soon-to-be former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Scott, a hero to the “tea party” movement in the Palmetto State, is one of only two black Republicans in the House.

Just re-elected to his second term in the House, Scott (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 96 percent) will now become the first black Republican senator since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts (1966-78) and the first black GOPer from the Deep South to serve in the Senate since Reconstruction.

Of course, we now have to deal with this:

But, as dramatic as Scott’s appointment is, it nonetheless creates other problems for the Republican Party. Coupled with the defeat of fellow GOP Rep. Allen West in Florida this year, Scott’s exodus from the House leaves it with no black Republicans. In addition, his pending resignation from the House will trigger a special election in the Charleston-based 1st District that Democrats will seriously contest.

At the end of the day, however, Senate seats are higher profile and the terms last longer, so Scott has a real opportunity to make a mark.

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Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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Tim Scott picked to replace Jim DeMint