Bless his heart, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC6) has the unfortunate affliction of speech. In a recent article in The State newspaper, the 73 year old, seven-term congressman claims there are “barriers” in South Carolina that prevent black candidates from winning statewide office;
One of them, he said, is the state law that requires a candidate to win 50 percent plus one of the votes cast in a primary election. Often, that requirement forces black candidates into runoff elections that are harder to win, he said.
The Watch Log went on to point out the particular counter-argument: Tim Scott, former Congressman and current Senator. Tim had no trouble winning a primary runoff in 2010, he had no trouble winning the general elections in 2010 and 2012, and nobody’s particularly expecting him to lose either the primary or the general this year. So, I guess that the problem is that South Carolinian Democrats won’t vote for black candidates?
…OK, I’ll buy that.
PS: Just to remember: the fact that minorities are winning South Carolinian elections statewide on the Republican ticket does not mean that the Republican party has reformed. It means that the people of South Carolina have been deciding to embrace the principles of the Republican party. It doesn’t shock me in the slightest to hear that Democrats still self-segregate in that state, in other words.