The House Republicans' 2010 midterms sweeps included the election of two African-American GOP lawmakers. Two years later both may be gone.
Rep. Allen West is already on his way out the door. The bombastic Floridian lost his well-funded re-election bid. Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina may be appointed to the Senate seat Republican Jim DeMint is vacating to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
In the modern era there have only been a handful of black Republicans to serve in the House. The elections of West and Scott marked the first African-American GOP-ers in eight years. And it was the first time two had served at the same time.
House Democrats have less-than-subtly raised the race issue in recent weeks. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has noted repeatedly that for the first time the House Democratic Caucus won't be made up of white males. And Democratic leaders have pointed out that most Republican committee chairman will be white guys.
Of course if Scott moves across the Capitol the House's loss would be the Senate's gain. There are currently no black senators, and only four have served in the modern era.