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Anti-Gay Congressman Tim Scott Chosen to Replace Jim DeMint

Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) has been chosen to join the U.S. Senate by Governor Nikki Haley as a replacement for outgoing Senator Jim DeMint who is leaving to join the Heritage Foundation.

ScottRight Wing Watch reports:

Scott was elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave after defeating Strom Thurmond’s son in the GOP primary with backing from Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.  He’s considered a rising star in the party -- after the 2012 election he was elected to serve as the liaison to leadership for the rising sophomore class.  Like DeMint, he embraces both the Religious Right’s anti-gay, anti-choice social agenda and the Tea Party’s anti-government, anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda.  No wonder he’s a Fox News favorite – and no wonder Fred Barnes, writing in the Weekly Standard, calls Scott an “ideal replacement” for DeMint.

Scott holds particular appeal for conservatives after this year’s elections in which people of color overwhelmingly supported President Obama.  If appointed, Scott would become the only African American member of the U.S. Senate.  In 2010, he was one of 15 black conservative candidates backed by “Operation Black Storm,” a project of Alan Keyes’ Patriot PAC.  Only Scott and Allen West were elected. Scott shares West’s politics but not his tendency to spout ridiculous rhetoric about President Obama being a Marxist tyrant. That may be one reason West will soon be a former member of Congress and Scott may soon be a U.S. Senator.

And David Badash notes that Scott is known as the “Chick-Fil-A Teavangelical” because it was there that he met a born-again Christian who shaped his life.

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  1. He looks gay. Can't wait for the scandal.

    Posted by: chasmader | Dec 17, 2012 1:06:32 PM


  2. How unfortunate that the Gov of SC couldn't find someone who had a better record on moderate opinions of gays, the governor's tacit homophobia ought to embarrass SC's residents but it apparently doesn't.

    Posted by: lk | Dec 17, 2012 1:27:58 PM


  3. 1. Gay face.

    2. They TOTALLY pulled the token black guy card. They did. This is because the GOP has polled so low with African Americans, and they've even said so! What confirms this is the speed at which Gov. Nikki Haley decided Demint's replacement. Could they have picked him for his record? Sure. But they could not have completed a thorough vetting process so quickly. Of course, if they picked a white guy, we'd be saying "of course they picked a white guy."

    3. They did this for a sure-fire filibuster vote. I'm sure there are much better qualified men and women for this job. They aren't as TEA-riffic as this dude.

    Posted by: THK | Dec 17, 2012 1:47:10 PM


  4. Oooo-K, let me see if I understadn this correctly...Republicans, who don't believe in affirmative action of any kind...SC and the South in general, no person of color since reconstruction (188Os) is going to appoint an African American to a senate seat because Rs need to show how inclusive they are. WHAT A JOKE!!!!

    Posted by: Rick Moore | Dec 17, 2012 2:04:31 PM


  5. Sweet Fancy Moses! The gaydar be pingin'!

    Posted by: Would you look at that overbite! | Dec 17, 2012 2:07:05 PM


  6. Republicans and their "Token" appointments!


    RIDICULOUS!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Dec 17, 2012 2:09:41 PM


  7. Scott was DeMint's hand-picked successor. That will please the Tea Party. I think that's sufficient. The fact he's an Afican American is icing on the cake.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 17, 2012 2:10:08 PM


  8. Never heard of the guy before today, but based on the information I have gathered so far, he is a complete idiot--worse than most in Congress.

    Also, I am deeply troubled by any affiliation with Alan Keyes, who, although a buffoon, holds truly dangerous views.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 17, 2012 2:15:39 PM


  9. Rick, it may seem counterintuitive that Rs would pick a black man because he's black, but their perspective is different than ours, e.g. they won't see it as "affirmative" as in advancing minority interests, but as an "opportunity". Have you not been paying attention to their open confusion about their election losses? They're not doing great with Latinos either. Gee, I wonder why? ;0)

    Posted by: THK | Dec 17, 2012 2:18:50 PM


  10. Matt, I think you meant Allen West.

    Posted by: THK | Dec 17, 2012 2:33:16 PM


  11. As bad as this guy is, I don't think it would be realistic to expect a Republican governor from one of the most conservative states in the nation to pick someone who was not publicly committed to anti-gay positions.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Dec 17, 2012 2:43:56 PM


  12. Gummy

    Demints always been a phobe

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Dec 17, 2012 3:30:08 PM


  13. He actually resembles Lindsie Graham a bit.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Dec 17, 2012 3:35:27 PM


  14. Can't you be more specific on why he is anti-gay? I want to learn something beyond the fact that you hate Republicans, which is not news.

    Posted by: AG | Dec 17, 2012 3:37:21 PM


  15. Why is he anti-gay? Because it scores him points with his base.

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Dec 17, 2012 4:22:44 PM


  16. @AG
    According to "VoteMatch/AmericansElect.org Quiz" he believes that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union (...) and *strongly opposes* same-sex domestic partnership benefits.

    (*Strongly Oppose* means you believe: Homosexuality is immoral. You believe that the 'Gay Agenda' seeks to normalize homosexual activity and make it part of the mainstream as 'just another lifestyle.' We must draw the line so that homosexual values are not imposed upon our children.)

    Is that anti-gay enough for you AG?

    Posted by: Peter M. | Dec 17, 2012 4:26:13 PM


  17. @AG
    According to "VoteMatch/AmericansElect.org Quiz" he believes that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union (...) and *strongly opposes* same-sex domestic partnership benefits.

    (*Strongly Oppose* means you believe: Homosexuality is immoral. You believe that the 'Gay Agenda' seeks to normalize homosexual activity and make it part of the mainstream as 'just another lifestyle.' We must draw the line so that homosexual values are not imposed upon our children.)

    Is that anti-gay enough for you AG?

    Posted by: Peter M. | Dec 17, 2012 4:26:14 PM


  18. A Gay Lawn Jockey.

    We're so surprised.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2012 4:32:13 PM


  19. @AG: A quick glance at his website and you could answer the question for yourself. Did you honestly expect that a Tea Party Republican hand-picked to replace Jim DeMint would be pro-gay? Don't be silly.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 17, 2012 4:33:07 PM


  20. As an appointee, all his votes are now "precast", since this is a very big favor. DeMint wasn't particularly effective in the Senate, and got passed over for a leadership spot owing to the poor showing of Tea Party members in the election. This appointment will lower Tea Party seniority in the Senate even further.

    On the flip side, why can't the Democrats name a successor to Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned a few weeks back? What is going on there?

    Posted by: anon | Dec 17, 2012 4:37:54 PM


  21. Really, did anyone expect anything different from Nikki Haley and the Tea Party loons, especially South Carolina?

    This token House Negro will be up for election on his own in 2014. Perhaps if he performs as the idiot everyone thinks he will be, there's a chance someone might take his temporary seat away. I'm sure some GOPer will run. I just hope the Democrats can field a strong candidate, or maybe Colbert will take a serious shot at running.

    If Reid and the Democrats can revise the filibuster, requiring talking filibusters maybe the GOP can use this idiot as the default filibuster man.

    Posted by: Bob R | Dec 17, 2012 5:07:09 PM


  22. Interesting, BobR.

    If he is the nominee in 2014 then a "blue dawg" Democrat may indeed have a chane of winning in South Carolina. You see, no matter how conservative this fool is there are some White folks in South Carolina's Republican Party who just can't cast their ballot for a nigg....well, you know what I mean.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 17, 2012 5:16:00 PM


  23. He looks like ET.

    Posted by: Armando | Dec 17, 2012 10:31:40 PM


  24. Slashed N.C. budget for AID funding, tea party member, wanted to impeach Obama, etc. If he is as gay as he looks Strom Thurmond’s old seat will be a place to watch!

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 18, 2012 2:43:57 AM


  25. Now South Carolina has TWO gay Senators.

    Posted by: Caleb in SC | Dec 18, 2012 4:11:35 AM


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