If you happened to read beyond the first paragraph the reports on South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott's appointment to the U.S. Senate, you will learn that (1) he is the first black Republican to serve in that role from the south since 1881 and (2) he is virtually a political clone of retiring conservative Tea Party Sen. Jim DeMint.
Not only that, we are informed by the New York Times that Scott "first earned his Republican credentials by serving as a campaign co-chairman in 1996 for Sen. Strom Thurmond, a onetime segregationist, in his final campaign."
With the defeat of Rep. Allen West of Florida in the November, and the departure of Scott, the GOP House will be without a single black. But Republicans will now have a single African-American in the Senate.
We can only add that for Republicans, who were wiped out by black voters in November, it's a start.