July 13, 2024

The Republican Primary is a little less crowded now as U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has decided to withdraw from the race for the Republican nomination.

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Announcing the news on live TV last night, Scott made the decision after struggling to achieve momentum in recent months against a crowded field and a still-popular frontrunner in former president Donald Trump. 

According to multiple reports, many of Scott’s staff were “stunned” by the surprise move, as he allegedly had not discussed it much with them before making the decision.

The announcement was a surprise: Gowdy, a former colleague of Scott’s in the House of Representatives, appeared to do a double-take as he made his statement. Multiple Scott staffers told NBC News they got no warning he was ending the campaign, finding out only by watching him say so on TV.

Scott’s campaign even sent out a fundraising email not long before he announced he was leaving the race. “We want to give you ONE LAST CHANCE to donate this weekend and help Tim reach his campaign goal. Can you chip in to help Tim win?” the campaign wrote.

Truth be told, the field needed to be shrunk, and Scott appeared to have hit his ceiling months ago. His numbers have been fairly stagnant, and while he has a high approval rating and high likability, voters have not been as kind in polling. The voters may like Scott, but they do not see him as the presidential candidate for the current moment. 

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If you’ve paid attention at all to the current trajectory of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ll note that they’ve been exploring the concept of the Multiverse – the idea that there is more than one universe and that they run parallel to each other, though separated. In the show Loki on Disney+, they’ve explored the concept as divergent timelines, branching off every time there is a “variant” destabilizing the timeline. Each new “branch” of the timeline becomes an alternate history.

I am not sure what deviation from the current timeline could have led to Tim Scott becoming president, but he is clearly someone America could get behind in another historical moment. He is a unique character, a black man born and raised in the heart of the Confederacy but someone with a deep love of country. He went to Washington D.C. as a Congressman and became the first black U.S. Senator from the state.

And despite everything he’s seen and experienced in his life, he is deeply optimistic about the future of the country, trudging ahead with a smile on his face and a belief that its best days are ahead.

If the world were not on fire and if progressives weren’t pushing extreme social agendas, perhaps things would be different. But because of everything going on, as well as the Republican Party’s general flaccidity in fighting for its voters’ values for the last 30 years, the party’s voters aren’t looking for a happy warrior to espouse long-standing values. They are looking for someone willing to fight, willing to stick it to the progressives and their agenda.

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They want someone willing to throw a punch and Scott does not come across as the guy who will do that. Even when he tried during debates, it was clear that wasn’t his style. Which is fine! He does not need to be in his current capacity as Senator. Perhaps, down the road, Scott will be the man for the moment, someone who can restore to the country a sense of camaraderie and love of fellow man. But in this moment, when those who actively hate the country hold the strongest sway over the Democrats in government, there isn’t a hope for unity. There is only hope for persuasion through action. 

To voters, Scott simply isn’t a man of action. That’s not an insult to him. Frankly, we need more people in government like Scott, not fewer.

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