Both won by huge margins in South Carolina. In a delicious slice of irony, Scott beat Strom Thurmond’s son, in a deep South state. Both were supported by the Tea Party movement. Both received endorsements from the Republican king-maker-in-chief, the former Governor of Alaska. Both won big. They all represent the new wing of the Republican party. The two largest personalties of the 2008 Presidential Campaign created this vigorous new wing; Sarah Palin by her feisty, fighting spirit, and Barack Obama by his all-out assault on American values.

Doctor Zero describes the two wings of the Republican party. His key insight is in their first two paragraphs:

There are two Republican parties, and both had a candidate on the 2008 presidential ticket.  John McCain was the candidate of the thin-blooded aristocracy, tired men who dislike certain elements of their nominal constituency far more intensely than their political opposition.  They have no strenuous objection to the premises of the Left, as could be seen from McCain’s swift acceptance of the freedom-has-failed spin pushed by the Democrats during the 2008 financial crisis.

The other Republican party is young and vital.  On the 2008 ticket, its banner was carried by Sarah Palin.  It’s the yeoman wing of the party, composed of people with middle-class backgrounds and real-world business experience.  These people are appalled at the bloated mess in Washington, and the smaller but equally fatal tumors infecting many state capitols.  They see a government speeding toward systemic collapse, its doom spelled out in the simple math of unsustainable entitlements and economy-crushing taxation.  They’re in love with the American people, a sincere passion that rings from every speech Palin delivers.  Their idealism and energy leads them to stumble occasionally, and some veteran political operatives of the old Republican gentry are eager to give them a firm shove from behind.  They correctly view the dinosaur media as an implacable opponent, and sometimes waste energy complaining about it… but the evolution of Palin’s media presence demonstrates they are learning to control the media, instead of fighting it.

Tim Scott and Nikki Haley are in the Palin wing. Moreover, they destroy the left’s attempts to demonize of the Tea Party movement as racist.