Wow. This is why the self-loathing white liberal might be the most obnoxious demographic in politics. The sanctimony is just off the charts. The urge of the white liberal to bash white conservatives, impugn their motives, and virtue signal must be so strong. It must make you folks feel so righteous. Of course, it's also a big reason why you got Trump. Are the TPers hypocrites on the budget? Yes, which makes them like 98 percent of people and 99 percent of liberals. But playing the race card? It's so shallow and ignorant. Let's look at this with some history and some logic. You may be 50 years old, but you approach political history like a 20 year old. Politics didn't start with George W. Bush and Barack Obama. What happened in 2010 is almost identical to what happened in 1994 and for almost entirely the same reasons, except it was 16 years later and less southern (which means race was probably less of a factor), and what happened in 1994 was in response to a white male who claimed to be a southern Baptist (Bill Clinton). A bunch of conservatives revolted against a guy who was demographically like them. If race was the overriding factor for a large number of them, then why would they do that? Suppose Hillary Clinton had won the 2008 election and pushed a similar agenda to Obama's. Do you think the TP movement wouldn't have occurred? Obviously, it would have. Hell, why do you think the TP voted for Trump over Hillary? Now flip the demographics back. Suppose Tim Scott became President of the United States. Would the TPers freak out and revolt? If race was a major factor, they should. After all, he's ethnically blacker than Obama, and of course culturally he's much blacker. He actually grew up in a black home and around black people. We know the TP wouldn't have freaked out if Scott became President. (Personally, if I could trade Donald Trump for Tim Scott, I'd do it in a heartbeat.) So in other words, the racial accusation is little more than an excuse for white liberals to brag about how righteous they are. But of course, the fiscal hypocrisy is real, so how do we reconcile it with the obvious reality that the racism narrative is nonsense? It's a difference of culture and worldview. TPers and their predecessors in 1994 viewed the Clintons and Obama as culturally hostile to any sort of traditional American values and, of course, most facets of biblical Christianity, and of course, that point is reinforced by very outward contempt by Clinton and Obama supporters (and sometimes by Clinton and Obama themselves) toward people who hold traditionalist views. That's the common denominator, not race. Tim Scott is viewed as friendly to those values and to biblical Christianity, so your TPer types like him and don't care about his race.