GOP's Diversity Solution: The Tea Party
It's bringing in new, and not necessarily white, blood: Josh Kraushaar
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2012 1:14 PM CST
Nikki Haley announces Tim Scott, right, as Jim DeMint's replacement in the US Senate during a news conference at the South Carolina Statehouse, Dec. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

(Newser) – If you listen to some Republican strategists, the Tea Party is driving minorities away from the GOP. But tell that to Nikki Haley, the nation's second Indian-American governor, who yesterday appointed Tim Scott to be the only African-American senator in next year's Congress. Both are Tea Partiers. "Contrary to the ugly stereotypes of conservative activists being right-wing to the point of racist," writes Josh Kraushaar in the National Journal, the Tea Party has been "behind the political success of most prominent minority Republican officeholders."

Minority candidates like Haley, Scott, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz have been knocking off white establishment figures thanks to the "conservative grassroots' strong sentiment for outsiders." Yes, the Tea Party's strident conservativism may turn off some minorities, but a bigger issue is the face the party shows the world. Mitt Romney "was a throwback to a past generation, who seemed downright out-of-touch" to young voters. Republicans need fresh, young, minority standard-bearers, and the Tea Party "provided a playbook for how it can be done."

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Dec 22, 2012 11:47 AM CST
So the Tea Party puts us over the cliff and millionaires lose there bush tax breaks. How's that going to work out for the upper crust? The Obama tax break of under $250K applies to everybody. It's not just for middle class income it applies to all income brackets. Everybody get the same deal on the first $250K. The President should not give in to the greedy rich. Let's take the dive and then see if republicans can remember how to negotiate. I don't believe that most republicians agree with whats happening in Washington.
Dec 19, 2012 9:11 AM CST
ONLY the racist vote for the color of a persons skin, and "We the People" will vote for who's best for America. --- Romney was not the best person that the tea Party liked, but he was (hands down) better than Obama on everything. --- 99% of blacks voted for Obama's skin color, and nothing else, and that's racist. -------- REALLY
Dec 19, 2012 8:23 AM CST
Hmmm Token?