Bloomberg View’s Francis Wilkinson noticed that Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), a Tea Party favorite, hasn't had to endure any serious primary challengers, unlike others (e.g., Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Lindsey Graham) within the GOP ranks.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (Image source: AP/Susan Walsh)
Wilkinson has a theory regarding why Scott has enjoyed success and popularity. And it's captured in the headline of his recent treatise: "Do Republicans Lower the Bar for Blacks?"
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In effect, South Carolina Republicans treat Scott like the national party previously treated the ham-handed presidential candidate Herman Cain and the party's not-quite-competent chairman during Obama's first term, Michael Steele: They are members of an endangered political species for whom the bar is effectively lowered.
Affirmative action based on race has taken quite a beating at the Supreme Court, in state legislatures and at the ballot box. In the Republican Party, however, affirmative action can punch your ticket like nobody's business.
Twitchy pointed out, "Good thing Scott is a black Republican. Otherwise Wilkinson might be in serious trouble."
Wilkinson received some pointed reactions on his Twitter page: