As I continue to explore the bright Republican firmament for "rising stars", I am happy to report still another one as identified by McClatchy newspapers in its coverage of the big conservative shindig in Maryland, a.k.a. Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convention. It is Sen.Tim Scott of South Carolina, who was appointed recently to fill the seat of Jim DeMint, who departed to head the Heritage Foundation.
Scott made it to the not-so-exclusive Rising Star column as the party's first black senator since Reconstruction. He thus joins other media-designated alleged upwardly mobile luminaries as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, John Kasich and Jeb Bush's son, George Prescott Bush. (I hope I got G.P.'s name right. There are so many Bushes demanding our attention that I get mixed up at times.)
Missing from the list is ex-Sen. Scott Brown, who lost in November and is now a lobbyist. A senator with an ex in front his title is immediately banished from the GOP's distinguished wish list. Also missing is Tim Tebow, whose stardom was rising until he was flattened a few times with the New York Jets. Now, he is afforded the backup possibility of a "window of opportunity" by the sports media inasmuch as the team's starting quarterback is also a falling star.
You can forget Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, too. They have both worked hard at being rising stars and neither ever really got off the ground. I'll keep you posted,