As expected, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has selected Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint.

News of the appointment was first reported by The New York Times – but Scott and his supporters have been measuring the drapes in DeMint’s office for several days.

Scott was the frontrunner to receive Haley’s nod ever since DeMint announced that he was resigning to take over as president of the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank.  A favorite of establishment Republicans at the national and state level, he becomes the only sitting African-American member of the U.S. Senate – and only the seventh black Senator in United States history.

He also instantaneously eclipses Haley as South Carolina’s “rising star” in national Republican circles.

So … is Scott the best choice to continue DeMint’s fiscal conservative legacy?  Not really … in fact DeMint’s new organization ranked Scott dead last amongst Republicans in the South Carolina congressional delegation for his votes on conservative issues.  Of late, he’s been a crony capitalist who has sided repeatedly with left-of-center “Republicans” in the Palmetto State – not the fiscal conservative he claimed to be when he ran for Congress in 2010.

“His self-serving vote in support of a ‘Boeing bailout‘ proves he’s part of the problem in our nation’s capital … just as his recent endorsement of fiscally liberal S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell shows he’s part of the problem here at home,” we wrote recently in assessing Scott.

Having said that, this website will hit the “reset” button as it relates to our relationship with the Charleston Republican.  As disappointed as we have been in the past with some of his votes, he hasn’t completely sold out the limited government cause that propelled him to victory two years ago.

Scott still has the potential to credibly carry on DeMint’s legacy if he so chooses … and we sincerely hope that he does.