I shoulda known. This morning, I made a point of saying that I acknowledge my errors, that I don’t just anonymously revise old articles to hide mistakes — and reality comes up and dope-slaps me with one I got completely and utterly wrong.
Earlier this week, I noted that two of the incoming Republican Congressmen are both black — and therefore technically qualified to be members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Allen West (R-FL) and Tim Scott (R-SC) are black and, come January, members of Congress, so they meet the membership standards. Practically speaking, though, membership is limited to black Democrats (especially those scandal-ridden), so I didn’t see either of them getting engraved invitations. I also said that West was too no-nonsense to waste his time with the whole worthless mess, but I didn’t know enough (hell, anything) about Scott, so he might try it.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. I didn’t take into account West’s willingness to fight, to get in his opponents’ faces. This is the guy who, when dissed by Obama, offered to debate both his electoral rival AND Obama at the same time. He’s a highly-decorated veteran of Iraq; he isn’t scared of anything Washington might throw at him. So he’s notified the CBC that he would like to be considered for membership — and woe betide anyone who tries to tell him no.
On the flip side, Mr. Scott is taking the position I thought Lt. Col. (retired) West would take — to see the whole thing as a waste of time and decline.
(Hat tip: Darleen Click of Protein Wisdom)
Oh, what a grand spectacle that will be, when Representative West shows up for his first Congressional Black Caucus meeting.
It would never be aired on C-SPAN, but damn if only it could…