12/18/12, "Tea Party Detractors Cry Foul After Governor Haley Appoints Rep. Tim Scott to U.S. Senate," Breitbart, Kevin L. Martin
"Even the Republican establishment has been silent on the selection on Tim Scott, which is surprising as the establishment seems to forget how poorly it appealed minority voters in the most recent presidential election. Once again, the Republican establishment is a day late and dollar short. The Tea Party Movement has done what all the Rove whiteboards and high paid consultants have not been able to since 2006.
In reality, the establishment sees the appointment as a slap in the face to them and thus no official statement was made.
Those of us in the Tea Party Movement are delighted with Tim Scott's appointment, as it strikes another blow at the left, the media and the Republican establishment, groups that have all leveled false charges against the Tea party. It is only the Tea Party Movement that could convince a Governor from the Old South (who is a minority herself and Tea Party favorite) to appoint a black man to a Senate seat once held by a Dixiecrat.
When the left and Republican establishment can trump that, then they might have something to talk about.
The Tea Party does not need to highlight diversity because grassroots movements are by their very nature, diversity at work."...via Free Republic
12/18/12, "Welcome to the Senate, Mr. Scott," Erick Erickson, RedState.com
"The Tea Party, which pushed both Nikki Haley and Tim Scott as candidates, is far more diverse than the Republican establishment. Josh Kraushaar also notices this over at National Journal.
The much maligned and supposed bigoted tea party backed Ted Cruz against David Dewhurst, Marco Rubio against Charlie Crist, Tim Scott against a number of challengers in his 2010 congressional race, Allen West, and more. As a result of the Tea Party, the GOP has a much more diverse bench than if its party leaders were left to their own devices.
Tim Scott is no Jim DeMint. He will, undoubtedly and perhaps a bit disappointingly, work more with the Senate Republican Leaders who helped get us to $16 trillion in national debt and opposed tea party picks like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and even Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee.
Tim Scott will also be his own man and presents another young face for the Republican Party. It stands as a remarkable achievement in the history of this nation that the city of Charleston, SC, to which one must travel to get to Ft. Sumter, would put Tim Scott in the United States House of Representatives.
It is as remarkable that the State of South Carolina, so often painted as an unrepentant hotbed of secessionist bigots by the left, would elevate Tim Scott to the United States Senate."...
12/18/12, "Sen. Daniel Inouye, RIP," NRO, by Jim Geraghty
“Mr. Scott’s appointment requires him to stand for a special election in 2014, though he has a record as a House conservative in sync with Palmetto State values and emerged with the Tea Party. It’s also worth noting that the movement deplored by liberals as retrogressive has done more than anything in years to increase diversity in politics—and not merely of thought. Think
Marco Rubio of Florida,
Ted Cruz of Texas,
Susana Martinez of New Mexico,
Brian Sandoval of Nevada,
Ms. Haley herself.
The best news is that Senator-designate Scott’s story isn’t about racial grievance and preference. It’s a measure of personal achievement, political conviction and the opportunities available in modern American politics.”"...