Breaking: Haley to pick Scott to replace DeMint in Senate

posted at 10:04 am on December 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Welcome, my friends, to the least surprising political news of the week.  Nikki Haley will appoint Rep. Tim Scott to replace Senator Jim DeMint in the US Senate, making Scott the upper chamber’s only African-American member, and give him a boost in the 2014 special election for the rest of DeMint’s term:

Multiple media sources are reporting that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will indeed name Rep. Tim Scott to be the next senator from South Carolina.

Scott will serve for two years, and then presumably run in a special election in 2014. If reelected, he would serve an additional two years (the remaining two years of the six-year term Jim DeMint was elected to in 2010) and then potentially run again for a full-six year term in 2016.

Also from Brother Jim at NRO comes this piece of ironic trivia:

The Charlotte Observer picked up the story a few minutes ago as well:

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, who overcame poverty in North Charleston to build a successful business and political career, will be appointed today by Gov. Nikki Haley to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Jim DeMint, The New York Times and CNN reported this morning.

Haley has scheduled a noon news conference to announce her pick. DeMint and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from Seneca, are scheduled to attend.

That makes a lot of sense; DeMint reportedly went to bat for Scott as his replacement, and he’s likely to cheer the decision as the new head of the Heritage Foundation.  His blessing will be seen as an important key for Haley.

That means that Haley will have to call a special election for Scott’s soon-to-be vacant seat.  The election will have to be held in 18 weeks, with a primary in 11 weeks.  Can SC-01 produce another clear conservative to replace Scott?  We will soon find out.  Regardless, this is a great choice for Haley, even if it was the only obvious choice.

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libfreeordie on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Not celebrating his personal story and success as a minority in America regardless of politics? Aren’t you a liberal? I thought liberals were big-hearted and open-minded.

rrpjr on December 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

does anyone remember the Cornball Fryer from Arrested Developement? That still makes me laugh.

Slade73 on December 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Naps: He’s DeMint’s pick to replace him in the Senate. There are precious few politicians whose word I would take at face value these days, but DeMint’s is one of them.

Scott H on December 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Just to bust liberal media chops and progressives everywhere, Scott ought to establish the Senate Black Caucus and issue press releases daily.

Dusty on December 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

LOL!

Night Owl on December 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

KingGold on December 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

It’s a victory for the Tea Party to have elected someone who doesn’t throw them under the bus at the first opportunity, yes.

alwaysfiredup on December 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

“a Strong Opinionated Black Man! Heresy! Who payed you to do this?”

-Chris Matthews

Slade73 on December 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

saw a few lib posters calling him ‘token scott’
classy as ever and i’m sure tingles won’t disappoint us later today

cmsinaz on December 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

“I’ve coached youth sports for years and had a few kids with gay parents,” said Mr. Montzka, 53. “As far as I’m concerned, if it works for them, it’s O.K. with me.”

Works for whom? Laying aside the biological impossibility of what he claims to have observed, what exactly is the test he’s proposing–that the children of these “families” aren’t, say, calling their legislators and demanding to be placed in foster care?

TexasDan on December 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Scooby sez, “Buh??”

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

“this is all because of a video, everyone knows that”
-Chris Matthews

Slade73 on December 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

White Liberals absolutely hate black people, gays, hispanics and on and on. As long as they don’t pick the cotton and say “yes sa Massa”

Slade73 on December 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I’ve never heard of him. Guess it is time for some research on Mr. Scott!

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, who overcame poverty in North Charleston to build a successful business and political career

MSNBC hosts to ridicule him as………”Uncle Tim

PappyD61 on December 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

MSNBC hosts to ridicule him as………”Uncle Tim“

PappyD61 on December 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

“he didn’t grow up in a tough neighborhood like me”
-Lawrence O’Donnell

Slade73 on December 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Female Indian-American governor appoints African-American to senate – in South Carolina. Chalk one up for the party of Angry Old White Guys.

TarheelBen on December 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Chalk one up for the party of Angry Old White Guys.

TarheelBen on December 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Oh and Angry White Guys Tea Partiers cheer.

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

South Carolina represented by two gay guys in the US-Senate?

Valkyriepundit on December 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Congratulations to Senator Tim Scott even though we have few commonalities in the spectrum of American politics. I believe that it is discouraging that there is only one African-American in the Senate but I have yet to see many rising stars from the House ranks on either side. Democratic stars such Booker, Cuomo, and Patrick seem to be in state politics (oh and Van Jones, just kidding). It will be interesting to see if becoming a senator shifts Tim Scott to become more moderate like (I believe) it has Marco Rubio.

ripcord on December 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

South Carolina represented by two gay guys in the US-Senate?

Valkyriepundit on December 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I hope you are not a conservative because I would be embarrassed if you are on my side.

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

The design of the sign behind him on the main page really reminds me of Scott Walker’s signs. Example here.

Dark blue background. White lettering. Red line dividing the sign into segments.

Mr. Prodigy on December 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Congratulations, Mr. Scott!

unclesmrgol on December 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Scott or Gowdy. Thank goodness she didn’t pick Jenny Sanford.

Press conference was good to watch. Senator-elect asked for a moment of silence for Newton before he made his remarks. The SC delegation seems to really like one another.

CoffeeLover on December 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

This dude needs to thank Obamas reelection campaign. No way he gets this gig otherwise. We’ll see if it has any impact on black voters in SC. I doubt it as there is a fundamental political disjuncture between most black voters and conservatism. I’m glad that many around here are getting it, instead of claiming black voters only vote for the guy with more melanin,

libfreeordie on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Yeah, it sucks when someone actually earns something in this life and shuns the liberal death cult infantilization.

FOAD, liberal.

kim roy on December 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Funny how everything in libtard land can change but the south. In their fairy tales, the racist dems all switched to the republican party and the south went red. It couldn’t possible be that the republicans moved south for jobs as the old racist democrats died off. No, the south is surrounded by a Dixiecrat Mana Containment Field that makes everyone racist when they step foot in the south. The fact the last slave state was NJ is of no consequence.

MechanicalBill on December 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Naps: He’s DeMint’s pick to replace him in the Senate. There are precious few politicians whose word I would take at face value these days, but DeMint’s is one of them.

Scott H on December 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

He and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. Those two are the gold standard of conservatism.

TxAnn56 on December 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

libfreeordie on December 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

As usual, you were an ‘intellectual’ midget.

Scott grew up by the tip of his mom’s whip, as he thanked her for it today.

He owned two businesses.

He succeeded and he failed, he worked his way up.

He declined to join the stupid black caucus club in DC.

He is a sturdy independent man, no matter his hue.

You and Obama did nothing all your lives, except abuse such hue, for shame. Both of you are not allowed to even spit on this man/mensch’s shoes.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

lib who never s/b free, to equate this with “thank Obama”, to Hades with you and Obama.

This man worked for all he has in life.

The two of you leeches mooched and looted, forever.

May shame engulf you and yours, both of you, creeps.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Funny how everything in libtard land can change but the south. In their fairy tales, the racist dems all switched to the republican party and the south went red. It couldn’t possible be that the republicans moved south for jobs as the old racist democrats died off. No, the south is surrounded by a Dixiecrat Mana Containment Field that makes everyone racist when they step foot in the south. The fact the last slave state was NJ is of no consequence.

MechanicalBill on December 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Facts don’t matter to Libtards, just the bogey-man of the “Southern Strategy” myth.

Just mention that Richard Nixon won 25% of Blacks in 1972.

Just mention that Jimmy Carter’s strongest states in 1976 and 1980 were the Southern states.

Just mention that Bill Clinton ran very strong in the South in 1992 and 1996.

sentinelrules on December 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

RWM, very prescient, and congratulations!!!

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I’ve never heard of him. Guess it is time for some research on Mr. Scott!

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

He’s fantastic. I asked for some good news last night – this is definitely good news!

gophergirl on December 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

libtards, how many black senators do you have?

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I’ve never heard of him. Guess it is time for some research on Mr. Scott!

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

You still want to be a reporter/journalist?

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Heard Gowdy on the radio last week praising the other candidates and Scott the most.

cozmo on December 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Class act, both he and Gowdy. Only the two were the best.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Current Speaker of the Texas house is a Jewish Republican.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Wow, lots for the leftards to hate

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

South Carolina represented by two gay guys in the US-Senate?

Valkyriepundit on December 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

What? 0bama is now a US Senator from SC?

freedomfirst on December 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Wonder what changed her mind? Earlier reports were that the guv was considering many other people ahead of Tim Scott. I am delighted she chose Scott.

karenhasfreedom on December 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

He’s fantastic. I asked for some good news last night – this is definitely good news!

gophergirl on December 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Good to hear!

You still want to be a reporter/journalist?

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Actually, no. Actually I just sent in an application to go back to school. I’m hoping to be a professor.

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I remember seeing Tim Scott during the primaries and then again prior to the general. This guy is sharp and talks the right game.

Trey Gowdy is my kind of Congressman. This guy doesn’t pull punches and speaks his mind. I hope he keeps it up.

We need more guys like these.

freedomfirst on December 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM

…and women.

freedomfirst on December 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Scooby sez, “Buh??”

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

heh, he’s lost.

jffree1 on December 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Isn’t it weird that liberal can only accept a successful person of color on their terms. I guess everyone else is cornball.

Cindy Munford on December 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Scott 2016

LaughterJones on December 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’m hoping to be a professor.

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Did you decide against journalism as result of the horrible reporting out of CT and regarding 2nd Amendment? Are you in J-school?

Reject and/or renouncing one’s schooling is one way to make a very strong statement.

Capitalist Hog on December 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Sen. Scott is to libfree as garlic is to a vampire.

A self-made Black American.

kingsjester on December 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I guess everyone else is cornball.

Cindy Munford on December 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Watch for that term to get tossed around regarding Tim Scott.

Capitalist Hog on December 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Did you decide against journalism as result of the horrible reporting out of CT and regarding 2nd Amendment? Are you in J-school?

Reject and/or renouncing one’s schooling is one way to make a very strong statement.

Capitalist Hog on December 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I actually graduated from j-school years ago. But it is a very competitive field because it is basically a dying field. I had a hard time finding a good job. Plus, my heart is not in it. Right now I work in City Hall as an assistant.

terryannonline on December 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

“He earned it”

And what a great speech by the man/mensch.

It was not all about him.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Scott ran under the Tea Party banner and won his congressional seat in 2010 in a predominantly white district in South Carolina. He defeated Strom Thurmond’s son in the primary. Now THAT is what change is about in South Carolina.

TarheelBen on December 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Great Scott!

Christien on December 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

this is exciting news.

theblackcommenter on December 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

“The answer is about the message, not what the messenger looks like” — Haley

MLK is proud today.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I presume that DeMint thought through the Scott appointment in his decision to resign. Perhaps, he was even partially motivated by it so as to win back the black vote. It’s a great day to be a Republican!

thuja on December 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Well it appears that the extremist Republicans have promoted an Oreo to Uncle Tom status. He will join the former taco-bender, now Grand Coconut Marco Rubio in the Senate as the two fig leaves for the Republican Party or as they are properly know, the Klan.

/ Chris Matthews & Hennessy VSOP

CorporatePiggy on December 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM

You really are delusional, and are also one of the biggest race-baiters on this site. Your views are repugnant.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on December 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Not only are his views repugnant, he is – he is a filthy human being.

Anti-Control on December 17, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Both of you are not allowed to even spit on this man/mensch’s shoes.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

What does this mean? I see you use it all the time, and I’m not sure what you mean by it.

cptacek on December 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I thought liberals were big-hearted and open-minded.

rrpjr on December 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Erroneous premise on your part. They are the most illiberal, unprogressive, tyrannical creatures on Earth.

What does this mean? I see you use it all the time, and I’m not sure what you mean by it.

cptacek on December 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM

That this man/mensch’s shoes are too good for their spit even…

If your question is about what “mensch” means, look it up here.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Something Obama will Never be:

Matching Quote

“The term “mensch” literally means a “person” or “man,” but it represents a moral ideal for all people, men and women alike. . . . It means being sensitive to other people’s needs and seeking out ways to help them. It is acquired by living close to family and extending one’s sense of obligation beyond the family to the broader community. In the Jewish culture of Eastern Europe where the term arose, to call someone a mensch was the highest compliment that could be given.”

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Thank you.

cptacek on December 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Capitalist Hog on December 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Someone must pick up the flag of Mr. Parker’s concerns and run with it.

Cindy Munford on December 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Congratulations Tim !!!!

And the rest of you ? Please don’t feed the trolls. You’re better than that.

DevilsPrinciple on December 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Racist…. oh wait….

Yakko77 on December 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I doubt it as there is a fundamental political disjuncture between most black voters and conservatism. I’m glad that many around here are getting it, instead of claiming black voters only vote for the guy with more melanin,

libfreeordie

Maybe you should ask Hillary Clinton about that, considering 98% of black voters voted for the guy with more melanin than her in the primaries.

Still, I do agree with you though. Blacks are libs first, no matter what, which is rather ironic. You’d think if anyone would be against being slaves to the government, it would be blacks.

xblade on December 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I fully support the Governor and Mr.Scott but I have serious doubts about his overall chances of winning on a statewide ballot. I live in a suburb of Charlotte right on the South Carolina border and during a recent experience 90 miles south in a much more rural area I was absolutely shocked at the difference in attitudes about race there. I seriously felt as though I went back in time 50 years.

mike_NC9 on December 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

It’s a full-time job keeping these shifting lefty definitions straight. Help me out here.

A black man who has never relied on the government for anything is an ‘Uncle Tom.’

A able-bodied black man (or woman) who has received (and squandered) government food, clothing, housing, health care and education since birth and who brings children into the world that he/she cannot support is a ‘brother’ or a ‘sister’ and fancies himself/herself a free thinker, independent, nobody’s house n****** etc.

Have I got it correct?

jangle12 on December 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Wonder what changed her mind? Earlier reports were that the guv was considering many other people ahead of Tim Scott. I am delighted she chose Scott.

karenhasfreedom on December 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I think she was just killing time while people were checking over Scott’s life to make sure there was nothing there to bite her in the butt.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on December 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Woohoo!

SouthernGent on December 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM

It has been noticed that ABC & CBS did NOT announced Scott’s appointment on their nightly broadcast.
/That’sRacist!

Conservative4Ever on December 18, 2012 at 4:37 AM

Obama to businessman Tim Scott:

“You didn’t build that”

BigAlSouth on December 18, 2012 at 5:32 AM

Scott was my congressman until the new CD was formed.McConnell has got himself a loyal soldier.When my ultra-liberal newspaper calls him a “conservative,but reasonable” then you know this guy is a moderate-and he is!

redware on December 18, 2012 at 7:18 AM

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