A South Carolina Election of note


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7 comments on “A South Carolina Election of note

  1. SC blu cat lady says:

    First off, Congrats to Tim Scott on his election as US Senator from SC. Second, it is in a way, a good thing that his election goes unnoticed as perhaps that means whether your skin is light or dark, it no longer matters. Or perhaps, it just means that the MSM is more into other elections and the election of a black conservative Republican from South Carolina has gone unnoticed. Either way, the people of SC have retained a great man as senator to represent us in Washington, D.C.
    Again Congrats, Tim Scott!

  2. KevinBabb says:

    I wish that the media’s apparent cluelessness as to the historic significance of Scott’s election had the benign motives that you ascribe to it. I think that the real reason is that the media do not want to highlight any positive development in the Republican Party, especially one that could erode the support of a benchmark Democrat constituency. We have also heard little of the election of Mia Love in Utah-4–the first black female Republican elected to Congress. I wonder if the Black Congressional Caucus will shun her the way they have shunned other black Republicans. I have a feeling that, if they do, she might not even notice, or care.

  3. CBH says:

    I am a (Republican) South Carolinian who voted in favor of one candidate who was both a Democrat and Black (against a Republican). I think most people do look at character over color! I am thankful for all good people who still wish to serve!

  4. Dick Mitchell says:

    The post describes Senator Scott as the “first black Republican….” Isn’t he the first African-American elected to the Senate from the South, from either party?

  5. Jim the Puritan says:

    #4–Not an expert on this, but I believe there were black Senators and Congressmen from the South after the Civil War. They were all Republicans. The problem was that the Democrats used their paramilitary wing, the Ku Klux Klan, to gain control of most parts of the south by force. Once Republicans were driven out of office and prohibited from voting, then blacks were disfranchised by anti-voting laws and the era of segregation began.

    A picture of the first black Senator and Congressmen can be seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Americans_in_the_United_States_Congress#mediaviewer/File:First_colored_senator_and_reps.jpg

    According to Wikipedia, they were Sen. Hiram Revels (R-MS), Rep. Benjamin S. Turner (R-AL), Robert DeLarge (R-SC), Josiah Walls (R-FL), Jefferson Long (R-GA), Joseph Rainey and Robert B. Elliott (R-SC)

  6. Don C says:

    Edward Brooke was elected to the Senate from Massachusetts in 1966. He was perhaps a different sort of Republican but, he was the first senator of African descent elected from either party.

  7. Katherine says:

    Better yet, Tim Scott is a solid and effective conservative. He outpolled Lindsey Graham.