With the nomination of Haley for gov and Scott for Congress, Tea Party proves race is NOT a factor!
Readers will recall how in the wake of the vote on health care Democrats tried to paint Tea Party protesters as racists. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) went so far as to suggest that the Tea Partiers looked just like the Ku Klux Klan he encountered in the south during the civil rights struggles of the 1960's.
And yet, it was the Tea Party movement in South Carolina, along with an endorsement from Sarah Palin which helped propel Tim Scott(pictured right)to victory in the runoff for the GOP nomination to the 1st Congressional seat in SC representing Charleston. To drive the point home, Scott beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late U.S. senator and former segregationist Strom Thurmond. The 1st district includes Fort Sumter, on which Confederates fired the first shot starting the Civil War.
Also, Niki Haley, who succeeded in the runoff for nomination as the GOP candidate for SC Governor is an Indian-American and a former Sikh.
Can we now put the lie to bed that the Tea Parties are racist? Don't bet on it. Dems get too much mileage out of such wild and unfounded accusations. It helps them stir up the willfully ignorant who make up such a large segment of their political base. It doesn't matter to them that it's not true!
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