For those that believed that Black Republicans were merely an anomaly of the Tea Party: the next step from curious fad to congressional futures occurred last night with the 2010 journey long from over.
You may have missed it, considering that primary run-off elections are usually as attended as much as Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” 20th-year celebration tour would be later this year – if there was one.
However, yesterday’s elections proved that the criticism and angst by most political observers within Black America and all of liberal America reached an unexpected conclusion: that the Tea Party’s Black Tea Movement struck Texas Tea in the Carolinas last night.
Or, in other words: electoral paydirt.
South Carolina’s Tim Scott (R-SC 1st) and North Carolina’s Bill Randall (R-NC 13th) won run-off elections last night, beating formidable names in the process to win the Republican nomination for Congress in their districts. In the case of Scott, this victory seems to assure that there will be a Black Republican in Congress for the first time since Oklahoma’s JW Watts (R-OK 4th) serve for four terms. With Scott’s win occurring in a mostly-Republican district, victory in November is likely as he heads to November as the favorite.
Randall’s victory was a shot in the arm for the Tea Party Movement as well as a message against the establishment of the GOP in his district: namely, enough voters have become engaged activists to prevent the continued “rule from on high” that many local-level political structures have taken for granted over recent years. Randall’s image as a Christian veteran and a popular Tea Party speaker perfectly rides the political activism taking the nation this year, providing Randall a good opportunity to dethrone Congressman Brad Miller in a year where incumbency and support for Obama-led initiatives are strikes against candidates running for re-election.