This week the Republican National Committee had their annual Winter meeting. Much was made of the libido remarks by former Governor Mike Huckabee, but he wasn't all the news from the confab. During this gathering attended by the mucky-mucks of the right wing party, the leaders revealed their new plan to retake the Senate and retain the House. They're going to become a party of the people. Yup, that's right. They're going to become you and me.
What I find interesting is their choice of spokesperson for this movement. A Black Republican senator from South Carolina. On the surface that sounds like an effort to be inclusive. To put a different face forward. And this senator, Senator Tim Scott must be considered somewhat of an expert in electioneering -- after all, he's a Black US senator from a red, southern state.
So how did he do it? How did he unlock the mysteries of a minority making it to the upper house in the US Congress? How did he woo the voters of his state? If he could make his miracle happen, maybe sharing this secret of success winning over those the GOP has generally left behind or ignored -- women, young people, minorities, immigrants, the unemployed -- the Grand Old Party might become Grand once again.
What's Senator Scott's winning strategy for the GOP in the 2014 elections and beyond?
According to The Hill:
“For us, for we the Republican Party, the great opportunity party, for us to see our greatest success in 2014 we are going to have to embrace people in a way that they deserve to be embraced. And I will tell you that as we embrace people in a new and fantastic way, we will encourage them to find the potential within themselves to maximize their potential,” Scott said.
Here's the video:
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In this video Senator Scott talks about his volunteering for jobs to get the feel for what regular people are going through. What did he pick for maximizing our potential? A stint as a janitor. A waiter. A grocery bag packer Somehow that hardly seems like maximizing one's potential.
Oh, and one thing Scott forgot to mention. He was never elected to his office. He got in by a gubernatorial appointment to fill out former Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) term, in 2012. So somehow his appointment makes him the guru to others seeking election to office? Hmm.
So it seems Senator Scott, who's up for reelection this fall in a real election, has never won the office that he's running for. Why not make him the "face" of for the GOP? But it does make you wonder, couldn't the GOP find someone who has a winning election formula and has a track record to prove it? Oh, that's right, they would be old, white and male. This is the new GOP and they're looking to show outreach and diversity, not chalky colored grey haired, gray- complected out of touch old white men.
The idea to "walk a mile in my shoes" to get the feel for one's constituency is a good one. But what Scott didn't tell you is that he wasn't living off of the wages those jobs pay. He wasn't trying to survive, pay for rent, provide heat, food, clothes, transportation, medical care, or any other of life's expenses with the money from those jobs. He was living off of his senate salary ($193,400/year) during that time. He was taking these jobs for the publicity, not survival. When yours and your family's lives depend on your earnings, then and only then have you walked that mile.
Oh, and how interesting the choice of jobs this Black man took to get a feel for what life's really like - working jobs where he claims his friends and neighbors worked. Really? Sweeping floors at a burrito joint, waiting tables and bagging groceries? Those are the jobs his friends and neighbors have? Though he's from the Charleston area, he lives in Washington most of the year and I don't think Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsay Graham or Ted Cruz -- his friends and neighbors -- are tackling too many of those jobs.
So the Republican fraud machine of trying to convince America that their elitist party is really one of the people couldn't be more lampooned with Scott's appearance than if it was a Saturday Night Live sketch. And sadly, what clown do the white extremists get to carry their water, Black Senator Tim Scott. No, he's not played by Jay Pharoah, he's just a fool who doesn't mind playing a role even Stepin Fetchit might have turned down in the '30s and '40s.