Tuesday, December 18, 2012
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has named Rep. Tim Scott to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, calling him "the right U.S. senator for our state and for our country"
Scott will become the first black U.S. senator from South Carolina. Scott would become the seventh black senator in U.S. history, with the last being Barack Obama and his short-term successor Roland Burris. Scott also becomes the first black Republican senator since Ed Brooke, who served two terms representing Massachusetts in the 1960s and 1970s. Scott was the state's first black Republican since Reconstruction. It always amazes me how the GOP loves to pander to blacks, Jews and Hispanics - groups that will never vote Republican in large numbers. Scott will probably end up costing the Republican party votes as his appointment will sicken many whites who are tired of the GOP's constant pandering to minorities.