Daily Archives: June 22, 2010

Great Moments in Black History: Tim Scott Wins in South Carolina by Gregory Hilton

1870 – Rep. Hiram Rhodes Revels (R-MS) and Sen. Joseph H. Rainey (R-SC) are the first African Americans to serve in the United States Congress.
6/22/10 – Tim Scott (R-SC) begins his journey to become the first African American Republican from the Deep South to be elected to Congress since Reconstruction. South Carolina has tonight sent a powerful message to the nation.
This is an outstanding triumph for Tim Scott (R-SC), and he will instantly become a national leader for the Republican Party and the new South. We now have a different southern strategy. Every national newspaper will note that he defeated the son of the late Senator Strom Thurmond. There were actually very few differences between the candidates, and Scott is an especially effective spokesman on national security and foreign policy issues.
An African American Republican is also in a serious contest in Florida. The GOP might also see two Indian American Governors, the first Hispanic woman Governor in New Mexico, the first female Governor of California, and there are competitive GOP women Senate candidates in CA, NV and CT. All GOP. The change is coming.
This is the endorsement of Tim Scott from the Charleston Courier and Post:
“Many political candidates pledge to hold down government spending. Once elected, few do. But Tim Scott, during a decade and a half of elective service, has earned his reputation as an effective fiscal conservative. And as runaway federal debt threatens our nation’s future, that record makes him the right choice to represent South Carolina’s 1st District in the U.S. House. The district’s Republican voters should move him a giant step closer to that job in Tuesday’s primary runoff.
“During Mr. Scott’s 13 years on Charleston County Council, including several stints as its chairman, there were no tax increases — and county spending actually fell twice. Yet he also helped bolster the county’s “rainy day” funds for the inevitable years — like this one — when economic downturns would trigger revenue shortfalls.
“As part of council’s economic development committee, he helped attract new jobs to the community. That was a critical challenge when he first was elected in 1995, with the next year’s looming closure of the Charleston Navy Base raising serious doubts about the area’s economic future.
“Mr. Scott also demonstrated an ability to forge productive compromises across party lines on a wide range of issues as the county struggled to handle rapid population growth and, more recently, a severe recession.
“He earned a promotion to the S.C. House of Representatives in 2008. Following the prudent pattern he established on County Council, he backed bills to raise the amount of the state’s general reserve fund and increase transparency in government spending — including new requirements for roll-call voting.
“Now he wants to take his strong sense of governmental fiscal responsibility to Congress. He stresses the rising resistance in his own party — and by the American public — to wasteful “earmark” appropriations that lack sufficient scrutiny by federal lawmakers. Because the process has become so corruptive, Mr. Scott says he won’t pursue earmarks if elected to Congress. Instead, he pledges to do whatever’s necessary to obtain the 1st District’s fair share of national funding in “a competitive process” that rightly invests federal dollars wisely.
“He justifiably decries ObamaCare’s imposition of huge new financial obligations on the states, though conceding that even a sweeping GOP takeover of both chambers of Congress this fall wouldn’t deliver enough votes to override a presidential veto of any legislation trying to repeal it. Still, he argues that a Republican House takeover could put conservatives in charge of the purse strings, paving the political path needed to reduce medical costs by fostering insurance competition across state lines and passing tort reform.
“Mr. Scott is also solid on the critical need for “a strong military,” warning that if defense budgets aren’t sufficient, neither is our nation’s security. As he told us, “Our planes are sometimes older than our pilots.”
“Indeed, across the board, Mr. Scott reflects the generally conservative views of his district. More importantly, though, he brings a long record of tackling tough issues in a principled yet pragmatic manner — and of limiting government spending and taxes.
“After his parents divorced when he was still quite young, Mr. Scott was brought up by a single mother who’s rightly his hero. A graduate of Stall High School and Charleston Southern University, he has risen to success in the insurance business, as well as politics. He has served as a board member for a variety of important organizations, including the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Aviation Authority.
“Mr. Scott’s personal and political philosophy draws on his positive life experience — and on our founding principles of personal liberty and upward-mobility achievement. As he told us: “America rewards diligence. America rewards optimism. America rewards hard work. It rewards focus.”
“Mr. Scott already has achieved a long and distinguished record of public service as a solid conservative. Republicans should reward him with election as their nominee for the 1st District.”

Campaign Update: Wisconsin, Illinois is Number One, and McCain Seems Safe by Gregory Hilton

Both the 2010 campaign and 2012 presidential race will be decided by independent voters in the industrial Midwest. In 2008, Republicans failed to carry even one state in the Big 10 conference. The gubernatorial races now show GOP leads in IL 6%, OH 5%, WI 8%, MI 7%, PA 15% and IA 17%.
The GOP has no vulnerable Senators, while 7 Democratic incumbents are now under 50%. The highest tier battleground is for blue collar independents in the Big 10. They voted decisively for Obama, and Wal-Mart has today released a survey of its shoppers that was jointly conducted by a prominent GOP and Democratic firm. The GOP has gained 20% among these voters, and only 14% of them approve of Obamacare while 61% are in opposition to the Democratic Congress. It is difficult to imagine how Obama could be re-elected if he is unable to carry PA and OH.
Wisconsin Governor’s Race
We all know 2010 is a good year for the GOP, but some of the survey results we are now seeing from the heart of Blue America are shocking. The Wisconsin GOP has not run a successful statewide campaign since 1998, and liberal Democrats have been in firm control for almost a decade. Wisconsin has voted for Democrats in the last six presidential elections and hasn’t elected a Republican senator since 1986. State GOP Chairman Reince Priebus says “We have been absolutely clobbered in recent elections.”
Now the liberals are losing by large margins, and unlike the past, the GOP has not nominated a moderate. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is a solid conservative who has vetoed every spending increase and is committed to rolling back taxes. Walker continues to have a significant lead in the gubernatorial race over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Illinois is Now Number One.
They have beaten California, which has passed the baton. Thanks to its Democratic legislature and Governor, Illinois is now the worst credit risk in America. They have not balanced a budget in a decade and the state debt is close to the borderline between junk and investment grade.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
The Arizona GOP Senate primary is not until August 24th, but Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) renomination now appears to be secure. The race was close but many conservative activists are now dumping former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. A 2007 TV infomercial has surfaced (see below link) in which Hayworth tells viewers they can rake in big bucks from the government by applying for federal grants that do not have to be paid back. Tabitha Hale of Freedom Works is one of many Hayworth supporters who abandoned him today:

He is a total fraud. He’s a sell out, period. . . He will be a huge liability for the conservative movement. I have no interest in seeing him elected. . . The conservative movement is not responsible for McCain. We would be responsible for Hayworth. I’m not willing to be responsible for someone who is a) crazy and b) not conservative.