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  • Meet Tim Scott, Your New Jim DeMint

    Earlier this month Jim DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate in January to run the Heritage Foundation, perhaps because the Wingnuts of America Foundation isn't hiring.

    This meant that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got to pick someone to replace him, and today she will announce her choice: Rep. Tim Scott, a Tea Partier who joined Congress during the Republican midterm victory in 2010. What is his deal?

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    Tags: Guns, Jim DeMint, Nikki Haley, Religion, South Carolina, Tea Party, Tea Party Express, Tim Scott, Twitter
  • Black Republican Caucus Down to One Dude


    Rep. TIM SCOTT (R-SC) sits at a desk, a copy of Roberts Rules of Order splayed open, a gavel in his hand. It is January 2013.

    Tim Scott: Oyez, oyez, oyez. The organizational meeting of the Republican Congressional Black Caucus will now come to order.

    Taps gavel once.

    Scott: The members* will rise and say the pledge to the flag.

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    Tags: Allen West, House of Representatives, Republicans, Tim Scott
  • Tea Party Solves Debt Crisis: Impeach Obama!

    Meet your new King of Rational Thought. His name is Rep. Michael Burgess, and he moonlights as an obstetrician. He's also smack dab in the glorious midst of his fifth term as a Republican legislator from the great nation of Texas. Much like his Republican forefathers in the House way back in 1998, he's come up with a brilliant idea to deal with this pesky Demmy-crat president: IMPEACH!

    Obviously, he voiced this sentiment at a Tea Party party or rally or corn-husking bee or whatever it is those people do when they hang out as a group

    Burgess spoke… in response to an attendee's suggestion that the GOP-controlled House use impeachment to stop Obama from "pushing his agenda."

    "It needs to happen, and I agree with you it would tie things up," Burgess responded, the paper said. "No question about that."

    When the [Fort Worth] Star-Telegram's reporter asked Burgess about the comment, he said the House needs to do what it can to stop the president. "We need to tie things up," Burgess said. "The longer we allow the damage to continue unchecked, the worse things are going to be for us."

    This man — who gets paid to look into the vaginas of ladies and pull out our future (i.e., the children) — has pulled out something even more amazing: The solution to all our problems. Yes, let's impeach our president for "pushing his agenda," since he is the first president to ever push an agenda or to even have an agenda.

    He and Rep. Steve King (R-I.A.) and Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) can start an impeachment club with other Tea Party friends. It can meet right after their morning liberty and truth knitting club and right before their afternoon pray away the gay luncheon. And once they achieve their goal, everyone will be rich and have so many guns and babies, hooray!

    Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, House of Representatives, Impeachment, Republicans, Steve King, Tea Party, Texas, Tim Scott
  • South Carolina Republicans Enter the Late 20th Century

    It's no secret that South Carolina has a proud, proud history of racism and bigotry. Why, some folks might even say that it's in South Carolina where the babbling brook of racism and bigotry that runs through the history of this great nation pours itself into the reservoir of conservatism from which so many of our citizens drink.

    After all, it was at the righteous insistence of Edward Rutledge — South Carolina's delegate to the Continental Congress — that anti-slavery verbiage was removed from the Declaration of Independence. And South Carolina was the first state to bravely secede from the Union in 1860 rather than face (among other concerns) its growing abolitionist sentiment, and a few months later began patriotically shelling the U.S. military base Fort Sumter which marked the beginning of the War of Northern Aggression. The Confederate Flag — borne of that same tireless struggle to maintain the right to own human beings — flapped majestically in the wind above South Carolina's state house from 1962 until 2000, when it was triumphantly relocated to a Confederate soldier's monument.

    Let us also not forget the diligent efforts of the state legislators who held off until 1969 — nearly a half-century after it went into effect nationally — the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the same right to vote as regular people get.

    And just look at the state's GOP — the spiritual descendants of the Dixiecrats who once reigned supreme in The Palmetto State — now…

    South Carolina Republicans made state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee, handing her an easy victory in her primary runoff against U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett — 65 percent to 35 percent… [Haley] is Indian-American and was raised Sikh, but became a Methodist at age 24…

    Haley will be considered the favorite in the general election against state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Haley would become the Palmetto state's first woman governor if elected in November…

    Tim Scott kept alive his hopes of becoming the first black Republican to win election to Congress from South Carolina in a century. He defeated Paul Thurmond, the son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, 68 percent to 32 percent in a GOP House primary runoff.

    A female, former Sikh, brown version of Indian? Strom Thurmond's son losing to a black guy? What the hell is going on down there? When did South Carolina lose touch with its immoral center?

    I'll tell you, somewhere up in Racist Heaven, there's a lot of guys in white suits spitting mint juleps all over each other right now.

    Tags: Civil War, Founding Fathers, House of Representatives, Men and Women, Nikki Haley, Racism, Republicans, Slavery, Strom Thurmond, Tim Scott, Women's Rights