Haley and Scott bring the GOP badly-needed diversity

I’d like to offer congratulations to two victors from yesterday’s primaries — Republicans whose politics are quite different from mine but whose achievements are notable nevertheless. Because they won Republican primaries in South Carolina, a heavily Republican state, they are in an excellent position to win in November, bringing diversity to a GOP that is badly in need of more politicians of color.
One of the winners is state Rep. Tim Scott, who beat Strom Thurmond’s son, Paul Thurmond, to become the GOP nominee for a Congressional seat. It’s remarkable that the state long dominated by Thurmond and his brand of politics — and where activists still vet Republican candidates to see if they understand the “cause” of the War of Yankee Aggression — has nominated a black man to Congress. It’s another sign of the remarkable racial progress that the country has made in a relatively short period of time.
The other candidate deserving of congratulations is Nikki Haley, an Indian-American who had to overcome a vicious campaign of personal attacks in which an opponent called her a “raghead,” two men claimed to have had sexual affairs with her and some persisted in questioning her religious faith. If she wins in November, she would become the first woman governor of South Carolina.
If they are elected, Haley and Scott will undoubtedly support policies with which I strongly disagree, and I’ll have plenty to criticize in the future. For now, however, their victories merit plaudits.
Another black Republican won his primary yesterday, but he’ll receive no congratulations from me because he’s a nut case. The line between ultra-conservatism and idiocy is increasingly blurred, but it still exists. Bill Randall, who won the GOP nomination for a North Carolina Congressional seat, crossed that line when he suggested that BP and the federal government worked together to blow up the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

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Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 23rd, 2010
5:57 pm

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 23rd, 2010
5:58 pm

I told you my dear. Tim Scott is someone to watch.

Bobby Jindal for POTUS in 2012.

Hootinanny Yum Yum

June 23rd, 2010
6:18 pm

Rolled the dice and came up with today’s blog: color.

White’s a color too.

Michael K.

June 23rd, 2010
6:20 pm

Everything is always a race issue for Cynthia. Some people will never accept that we’re all just Americans.

csquared

June 23rd, 2010
6:33 pm

too little too late for the GOP in general. plus, these two will never end up in a position of being able to influence the party. too much deadweight holding them back. It’s going to take a decade for them to right their ship. First need to repudiate the politics of NO, and that in itself, will have to wait until the naysayers are long gone.

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 23rd, 2010
6:39 pm

Why is it that California will boycott Arizona for upholding federal and local law yet California has pot clinics and bs prescriptions for weed. This is a clear violation of federal law.

WTF?

How can they imagine a world to have things both ways?

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 23rd, 2010
6:41 pm

I’d like to offer congratulations to two victors from yesterday’s primaries — Republicans whose politics are quite different from mine but whose achievements are notable nevertheless.
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Only people who judge others by their race or gender care about that aspect of the candidates who won. Democrats, in other words.

A "Voice"

June 23rd, 2010
6:44 pm

With Cynthia Tucker . . its always Democrats over Republicans . . . however if it is a “black” Republican then race trumps the fact that it is a Republican.

Keep up the good fight!

June 23rd, 2010
6:47 pm

MK… really? Yes, we are all americans…unless you happen to be a non-white, non-english speaking or non-christian. Then you may be treated differently and less that other americans.

T-Town

June 23rd, 2010
6:55 pm

Be careful of that “nut case” label Ms. Tucker, some of us still listen to the voices in our heads.

jconservative

June 23rd, 2010
7:06 pm

“Some people will never accept that we’re all just Americans.”

This is true. Started in about 1603 when white southern planters decided that blacks were really not human and could, with a clear conscience, make them slaves.
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“White’s a color too.”

Actually this is incorrect. White is the absence of any color.

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Every Republican I have seen on TV today is hooting with joy that two people of color were elected by the Republicans in South Carolina. All Republicans are bragging. But on this blog, and so far only on this blog, the message is “kill the messenger”. It appears to matter not what Tucker says but that she says any thing at all.

As a non-Republican & non-Democrat Conservative I salute the Republicans voters of South Carolina for putting substance over very insignificant matters.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

June 23rd, 2010
7:17 pm

We should all be celebrating: people of color are departing the leftist plantation. Even minorities are beginning to acknowledge the inherent flaws of cultism/leftism. Not all, and not even most, but there is a leak in the dike.

Granny Godzilla

June 23rd, 2010
7:17 pm

Ms. Tucker

I applaud your graciousness.

Keep up the good fight!

June 23rd, 2010
7:23 pm

So Ragnar….when people leave the Republican party (as they have in droves), we can see it is a clear acknowledgment of the inherent flaws of close mindedness and religious zealotry (including the immoral non-majority).

I assume Sarah will get the Dutch to take a break to plug that dike.

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 23rd, 2010
7:34 pm

I didn’t have to raise a penny for my campaign. How come this person had to go all this?

Tim Scott (R) – South Carolina
Raised: $416,218
Spent: $330,769
Cash on Hand: $85,448
Last Report: June 02, 2010

PAC contributions $5,570 (1%)
Individual contributions $410,571 (99%)
Candidate self-financing $0 (0%)
Other $77 (0%)

According to opensecrets.org this my current campaign finance data that has been filed according to federal election lawas and requirements.

Alvin M. Greene (D)

No reports on record for this candidate.

23% of Democrat voters in South Carolina support my candidacy. What’s wrong with the other 77 percent?

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 23rd, 2010
7:36 pm

Please pardon my typos comrades. Thank you.

Hootinanny Yum Yum

June 23rd, 2010
7:38 pm

jconservative – Touche.

Interestingly, black is characterized by the absence of light (Merriam-Webster).

Keep up the good fight!

June 23rd, 2010
7:45 pm

Greene….where is the Republican outrage that you got more votes than actually cast in some areas of SC. Hmmmm… seems the concern about voter fraud only matters to the squirrels when there is an ACORN….but real voter voting problems, no outrage, no demand to fix the problem….

Of course, 23% of the voters (Dem or otherwise) supporting Greene probably says more about Deminted than Greene. Imagine the laughter when Greene wins because of the “backlash”. To some, a warm body is better than a republican.

dougmo2

June 23rd, 2010
7:48 pm

Badly needed diversity? Really? Cynthia, quick history lesson.

Colin Powell – Sec of State, appointed by George Bush.
Condilissa Rice – Sec of State, appointed by George Bush
JC Watts – Congressman, elected by state of Oklahoma

The race card in todays politics is played ONLY by the democrats as a last gasp when they cannot defeat the message.

T-Town

June 23rd, 2010
7:48 pm

There will come a time when the color of a person’s skin, their religion, their sexual orientation, their gender and their nationality will cease to come into play. But alas, this will not happen in my lifetime. Have a pleasant evening all.

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 23rd, 2010
7:56 pm

Dear “Keep up the good fight!”,

Please send a campaign donation to my dad’s house. Cash only.

Thank you for Supporting Progress in 2010.

alvingreene2010dot com is online. I have not yet officially sanctioned yet.

alvingreen dot com just kicks back to godaddy dot com. ROFL

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

June 23rd, 2010
7:58 pm

ajc.com says this is Bookman’s blog….. No wonder I get confused.

Jack

June 23rd, 2010
8:14 pm

The GOP welcomes diversity as long as diversity doesn’t mean giving away the store.

Hootinanny Yum Yum

June 23rd, 2010
8:23 pm

Badly needed GOP diversity?

Bobby Jindal
Alberto Gonzalez

Hootinanny Yum Yum

June 23rd, 2010
8:23 pm

Hootinanny Yum Yum

June 23rd, 2010
8:24 pm

CT = Racebaiter

susan

June 23rd, 2010
8:25 pm

Part of the reason there is not more diversity in the GOP is because too many black people think they are “supposed” to be democrats, and those who admit to aligning with the GOP or vote “outside the party” are mocked, maligned, called “Uncle Toms”, told they are ashamed of being black.

It is really ironic, since many of the black people I know, are VERY conservative when it comes to what they do “at home”, what their sincere beliefs and feelings are – yet will only vote the party line.

So, Cynthia, it is refreshing to hear you acknowledge their success in their respective political campaigns.

Thank you.

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 23rd, 2010
8:28 pm

From Wiki – My resume.

Greene graduated from Manning High School in 1995 and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina in 2000.[10][11] He served as an intelligence specialist and a unit supply specialist in the U.S. Army[12] and has also served in the U.S. Air Force and the Army National Guard. He received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.[13] Greene received an honorable but involuntary discharge from the Army in 2009 after a 13 year career and has been unemployed since.[12]

Vote for me. Support diversity and progress in the next election.

I’m somewhere in Manning, South Carolina. My dad’s name is James Greene. Start looking for me there but please be polite and courteous.

Thank you for your support and EFF Tim Scott !!!

joan

June 23rd, 2010
8:33 pm

Cynthia, educated and qualified women and blacks would be ashamed of your racist/sexist banterings. These people made it on their own. No matter their color or sex. Why do you insist on making an issue of it? Got an itch you have never been able to really scratch?

attila the hun

June 23rd, 2010
8:37 pm

“The line between ultra-conservatism and idiocy is increasingly blurred, but it still exists. Bill Randall, who won the GOP nomination for a North Carolina Congressional seat, crossed that line when he suggested that BP and the federal government worked together to blow up the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.”

He “suggested” they blew up the rig together?

Kinda like all those Hollywood nuts like Rosie O’donnell and the congressional black caucus members who didn’t suggest but flat out said that 9/11 was an inside job done by Bush.

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 23rd, 2010
8:37 pm

This thread is boring. Here’s something more interesting, from the archives of the NY Times:

Senate Approves Resolution Denouncing MoveOn.org Ad

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 — The Senate approved a resolution on Thursday denouncing the liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org over an advertisement that questioned the credibility of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq.

But curiously absent from the vote was Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, also a Democratic candidate for president, who had canceled a campaign appearance in South Carolina so he could be in Washington for votes.
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Obama: Coward.

attila the hun

June 23rd, 2010
8:42 pm

I’ve taken the marta buses where they play the black radio station v103. Part of the reason that blacks have been so slow in coming to the Republican party is because their ethnic radio stations are so slanted and so biases with left wing propoganda that everyday black people think the whole nation is racist and out to get them. These radio stations dispense information and opinions that in many cases are wrong on the facts, heavy on disinformation, and rarely if ever is a common sense conservative viewpoint ever raised on black media outlets. Its nothing short of a massive propoganda campaign to keep black people ignorant,uneducated, and dependent on government programs.

attila the hun

June 23rd, 2010
8:48 pm

“Cynthia, educated and qualified women and blacks would be ashamed of your racist/sexist banterings. These people made it on their own. No matter their color or sex. Why do you insist on making an issue of it? Got an itch you have never been able to really scratch?”

Ironic but very true. The Dems talk about wanting a colorblind society when in fact that is exactly what they don’t want. What they want is balkanization of the country. That’s why we have all these hyphenated American ethnic identities. The Repubs for the most part really don’t care what color you are. The democrats have a vested interest in race hustling. jesse jackson has made millions race hustling and securing bud distributorships for one son and becoming a millionaire in the process of all his race hustling. If you think the Dems actually want a color less society than you are living in disney land.

Mr Charlie

June 23rd, 2010
9:03 pm

I am watching a special on natural gas extraction. Dick Cheney Rocks. If Obama want the gulf problem solved, he needs to hire Cheney.

Bob

June 23rd, 2010
9:07 pm

Cynthia, would you be offering contratulations if they were white, or are you lauding them based on their skin color?

Keep up the good fight!

June 23rd, 2010
9:07 pm

Republicans dont care about race or color…..that is why a state republican official used the term “raghead”. Hmmm..yes lets see some more examples of the Republican great big tent

Its only the Dems who care about race….and Dems are the ones living in Disneyland?

Atlanta 1

June 23rd, 2010
9:09 pm

Very fair post Cynthia. Leaning more to the right, you often frustrate me with your thought processes, but feel that you will at least consider another point of view when it is given. Have a great week!

Mr Charlie

June 23rd, 2010
9:14 pm

Keep uo the good fight, well you proved the point. A republican called her a “rag head”, but he lost, kind if proves the other guys point.

ken R

June 23rd, 2010
9:19 pm

C.T. you said that you woulf find many things to be critical about if the two Republicans win, why do you have a mind set like that?
They may be good and honorable people and you readily admit that you are going to go after them, this is the dumbest thing that I have heard you say and you have said some doosies.

Your way of thinking is the reason why more Black people aren’t in the Republican party, you are a typical brainwashed minority.

Scout

June 23rd, 2010
9:22 pm

Cynthia:

Does this mean we have to change the crayon colors again?

Keep up the good fight!

June 23rd, 2010
9:25 pm

Mr. Charlie… nice try on the spin but you really should get to facts straight…I know fact dont really matter to you…but the republican state senator who used the offensive term was not running against Nikki Haley…

But really, are you saying that somehow the term is not offensive and does not show the racism of the person using it if they don’t win? And the point of the other posters who claim only Dems are racist is somehow is proven by the use of the racial slur by a republican how exactly?

LOLO

June 23rd, 2010
9:29 pm

Typical article. I have been told for my 28 years that we must learn to erase the lines of color that divide us because we are all Americans here (well most of us). Had it not been for this constant reminder coupled with continual racially motivated articles from people like this columnist, people in my generation would not see along the lines of color at all. Growing up even here in north Georgia, race was not an issue for me and my friends. Now as an adult I am still bombarded with charges that as a white southern male I really do posses racism or bigotry inside me because things are not where minorities think they should be. I for one am just plain tired of this innuendo from Ms. Tucker and her ilk. Most of the people in the under 30 generation simply do not find race to be a political, workplace, or social factor.

Sam (The Cool 1 )

June 23rd, 2010
9:35 pm

Cisco and Pancho would be good for the GOP. Diversity at its’ best.

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 23rd, 2010
9:36 pm

Tim Scott is going to win that seat in SC.

Chalk one more up for the Tea Party….

ken R

June 23rd, 2010
9:37 pm

lolo. I secong that.

ken R

June 23rd, 2010
9:38 pm

meant to say second.

Barbara Boxer in CA

June 23rd, 2010
9:38 pm

Oh shizzz…. I’m gonna lose in November.

Win First - Gloat Later

June 23rd, 2010
9:39 pm

Shhhhhhhhhh !!!

Longing

June 23rd, 2010
9:43 pm

attila the hun at 8:42 pm — “I’ve taken the marta buses where they play the black radio station v103.”

Thanks. All the more reason to avoid Marta….

John Galt Jr.

June 23rd, 2010
9:43 pm

Keep up the good fight!
MK… really? Yes, we are all americans…unless you happen to be a non-white, non-english speaking or non-christian. Then you may be treated differently and less that other americans.

Keep up the good fight! You are right if you are non-white, non-English you get treated better than white people to all kinds of government grants that “white folk” don’t get….I wonder if that will change when we are in the minority very soon..bet those programs end then. I am sick of the whiners whining.