Well, so much for judging a man on the content of his character rather than the color of his skin.

Apparently Bloomberg View’s Francis Wilkinson missed the point of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s timeless message, because if you ask him, Sen. Tim Scott’s success and popularity are due to the fact that Republicans have “lowered the bar” for blacks:

Scott benefits from a widespread recognition among Tea Partyers and conservatives in general that a high-profile black conservative is a thing most rare and precious. The act of supporting a black conservative is both an absolution for the past and a shield for the present and future. In South Carolina, where the Confederate battle flag still flies on the state capitol grounds, and where a recent lieutenant governor seemed a little too enthusiastic about all things confederate, that matters.

In effect, South Carolina Republicans treat Scott like the national party previously treated the ham-handed presidential candidate Herman Cain and the party’s not-quite-competent chairman during Obama’s first term, Michael Steele: They are members of an endangered political species for whom the bar is effectively lowered.

Good thing Scott is a black Republican. Otherwise Wilkinson might be in serious trouble.

Wilkinson would like his readers to believe that it’s the Republican Party that’s got issues. But he’d be wise to take a long, hard look at himself.

Clearly Wilkinson is the one with the problem.

The Washington Examiner’s Justin Green might be able to help Francis with his introspection:

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