Monday, June 21, 2010

Will Sarah Palin Help Tim Scott Win South Carolina First?

Over at Sarah Palin's Facebook page, she makes an important endorsement in this Tuesday's runoff in the South Carolina first congressional district.
It is a classic establishment, anti-establishment race between Paul Thurmond, son of the late senator, Strom Thurmond and Tim Scott, backed by the Tea Parties and conservatives.
This also has an extra added bit of something for the race-huckster crowd.
Mr. Scott is black running against the son of one of the leading segregationists of the past century.
But, in reality, it has nothing to do with anything.
What does matter is that Mr. Thurmond represents the past to many people. Mr. Scott represents a bright future for the Republican party not just in South Carolina but throughout the South.
On the issues, Mr. Scott is a solid conservative. He opposes the Dear Leader, President Obama, and his so-called health care "reform" scam. He supports gun rights, opposes abortion on demand, reforming the tax code, reducing spending and protecting our borders.
Mr Thurmond also sounds conservative themes. But, he adds constituent services. Something that his old man was legendary for. When I look at Mr. Thurmond vs Mr. Scott on the issues, I feel more confident that Mr. Scott will be able to articulate a positive message. Also, I note that while Mr. Thurmond supports the so-called Fair Tax, one of the leading proponents of the Fair Tax is the former Arkansas governor, the Rev. Mike Huckabee. And he is supporting Mr. Brown as is Mrs. Palin.
But I think Mrs. Palin's endorsement will put Mr. Scott over the top. In the previous election, Mr. Scott was ahead of Mr. Thurmond by a wide margin, 31% to 16% in a multi-candidate field. The South Carolina Republican establishment is supporting Mr. Thurmond. But, with a solid vote for GOP gubernatorial front runner Nikki Haley, also supported by Mrs. Palin, this maybe be enough to trickle down to this congressional race.
If both Mr. Scott and Mrs. Haley win, this is great news for Sarah Palin. It shows that she has the real pulse on the Republican voter nationwide.
And that is what the Republican establishment fears the most.

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