RT @msignorile: Another “bachelor” antigay Senator from SC. What’s going on there?


I have no idea what’s going on “there,” but any Republican wound this tight from the Palmetto State probably would cause folks to ask the question, given Lindsey Graham’s presence in D.C. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is making some history — sadly Tim Scott would be the first black man to serve as a U.S. Senator from that state since Reconstruction. He will replace Jim DeMint. Times are slowly a-changing for the GOP.

Not that it makes much difference, politically. He’s right out of winger-central.

Mr. Scott, 47, also offers a unique story and background, one that is in scant supply in the Republican Party right now. Raised by a single mother, he was, by his account, a lost child who struggled with school and with life until a Chick-fil-A franchise owner took him on as a protégé and schooled him in conservative principles.

Ah, there’s that chicken sandwich purveyor again. That’s probably where he picked up his homophobia and victim complex. How about this bit of business — Christians are not only a minority to Scott, but the MOST persecuted minority:

Over the last 17 years of public service, I have seen the concept of faith tested time and time again. The greatest minority under assault today are Christians. No doubt about it.

When I was on county council in 1995, I posted the Ten Commandments. And the ACLU and the folks for separation of church and state all came and attacked us at Charleston County and said we were wasting taxpayer dollars.

Think about where we are today, 17 years later. We are in desperate need of a compass, a moral compass that tells us the difference between right and wrong. And I believe that you can look no further than the word of God to find that compass.

According to Right Wing Watch, Scott also”placed a plaque of the Ten Commandments outside council offices to show his support for the Ten Commandments as a guide for conduct, especially within the county chambers.” And this, from his campaign website:

Like DeMint, he embraces both the Religious Right’s anti-gay, anti-choice social agenda and the Tea Party’s anti-government, anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda.  No wonder he’s a Fox News favorite – and no wonder Fred Barnes, writing in the Weekly Standard, calls Scott an “ideal replacement” for DeMint…

I am unapologetically pro-life.  Each and every human life is valuable and my legislative agenda and record reflect my resolute commitment to protect the sanctity of life.

I support traditional marriage.  The institution of marriage is the unity of one man and one woman.   Allowing the government to weaken the definition of marriage takes away from our children and we must not allow that to happen.

And in no surprise, Scott has a zero rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard  — no co-sponsorship of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) or the the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). And this:

As a state representative, Scott backed a proposal to cut the state’s entire HIV/AIDS budget, despite the fact that South Carolina ranks in the top-third of reported AIDS cases. The cuts were ultimately included in the state’s budget, impacting more than 2,000 HIV-positive South Carolinians who needed help paying for their medication.

And on to Scott’s absolutist view of the Second Amendment in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT.  The NRA member says he will fight attempts to weaken gun rights “in any way.” Scott’s positions include allowing firearms to be exempted from bankruptcy and for law enforcement to be prevented from tracking purchases of multiple long guns.  And Scott (via Think Progress):

  • Wants concealed-carry nearly nationwide: Scott co-sponsored a bill that would allow Americans to carry concealed firearms in nearly every state. Last year, Scott pushed the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, which would force nearly every state to follow other states’ concealed-carry laws. As a result, Ian Millhiser writes, “it would allow nearly anyone to shop around for the one state that is willing to issue them a license to carry a concealed firearm, and then force other states to honor that license.”
  • Wants gun dealers to be able to sell across state lines: Scott co-sponsored legislation to allow gun dealers to sell weapons across state lines. Currently there are restrictions on the sale and trafficking of firearms across state lines, but Scott pushed a bill last year — the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act — to gut those protections.
  • Wants to overrule local law and legalize weapons in DC: Scott co-sponsored a bill to take away the District of Columbia’s ability to determine for itself what its gun laws should be. This measure proposed to overrule DC’s laws, despite the city’s long history of sky-high murder and violent crime rates.
  • Believes gun control is a joke. Interviewed by NRA News during the 2012 campaign, he defended South Carolina’s strong tradition of supporting the Second Amendment and endorsed Rick Perry’s “use both hands” approach to gun control. This referred back to a 2011 town hall event he hosted with Texas Gov. Perry (R), where he laughed while asking the presidential hopeful if he supported gun control. Perry jokingly responded, “I’m for gun control, use both hands.”