Reverse schadenfreude over Tim Scott
December 19, 2012 1 Comment
I have to admit, I was energized when I learned that South Carolina governor Nikki Haley selected Tim Scott to succeed Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate. Here we have a female Republican of South Indian descent drafting a solid conservative who happens to be African-American. Compared to their counterparts in California–the dusty, Democratic dinosaurs Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, and Diane Feinstein–these two young and dynamic leaders come off quite favorably.
It is unfortunate that we have to talk about race so much. Commentators from the Left have been less than charitable in characterizing the GOP’s celebration of the appointment. One blogger at The Washington Post front-loaded her criticism this way: “Yes, the giddiness is almost embarrassing as Republicans congratulate themselves . . .”
No commentary where a form of the word “giddy” appears within the first three words can really be worth reading. Regrettably, that was once the fourth word used in one of my older posts! I think being on the receiving end of it, I will retire the adjective. It only betrays a reverse schadenfreude, where one is either frustrated at, dismissive of, or indignant at the joy of another. Not a helpful attitude.
Neither is it constructive to refer to Senator-designate Scott as a “cynical token,” as happened in a recent New York Times editorial.
Whatever critics say, the Republican trumpeting is necessary, if only to counter the incessant squawking about a race problem coming from MSNBC types. Take note of Scott’s ascension to the Senate, as it is just one more indicator that reality runs counter to noxious media narratives.