16 CONSERVATIVE NAMES FOR 2016 AND BEYOND … WHO AREN’T CHRIS CHRISTIE OR JEB BUSH
One spot up from Mia Love is newly-minted GOP Senator Tim Scott. He is already a history-maker.
Sen. Scott is currently the only U.S. Senator of African-American background serving in the U.S. Senate at the time I write this, and he’s also only the seventh such person to serve of that cultural background, in all of U.S. Senate history. Appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to replace Jim DeMint, who retired to serve at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, Scott is currently serving an interim appointment. In November 2013, he will face a special election to fill out the balance of his predecessor’s term.
Those years will be critical for Sen. Scott. He has not racked up a significant track record in the U.S. Senate quite yet, and he’ll need to show in November that he can win the trust of the voters, rather than just the trust of their state’s governor. And of course, in 2016, he’ll face a second election, this time for his own full six-year term.
Let’s face it: while Senator Tim Scott is more experienced than Mia Love at this point, he’s also too inexperienced to be a serious contender for the 2016 presidential race. If he wins back-to-back elections to the U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina, that will be a significant boost to his qualifications
What that means is, if Senator Scott holds the conservative line over the next few years (above and beyond winning two elections), he will start to look attractive in 2020 or 2024, much like Mia Love.
But early reports on him are hopeful. He has declared himself to hold many of the conservative values Jim DeMint held, and so long as he avoids following the example of the senior senator from his home state, Lindsey Graham, he ought to do just fine.
We’ll see what two elections and a lot more experience bring his way, but he is a name to watch. Maybe not for 2016, but definitely for the years beyond then.