Thursday, November 18, 2004

What, is there some kind of problem?

Christ, Andrew.
I guess I should say that Condi Rice's race and gender are not the most important things about her career and abilities. But I'm still amazed at how little credit this president gets for promoting a black woman to such a position, and, more importantly, by his obvious respect and admiration for her. His management style is clearly post-racial, and his comfort with female peers is impressive. You know, Bill Clinton was celebrated for his progressiveness, and ease with African-Americans. But it's inconceivable that he would have given so much power and authority to a black female peer. Why does Bush get no respect on this score? I guess it reveals that much of the left's diversity mania is about the upholding of a certain political ideology, rather than ethnic or gender variety itself. Depressing.

Yeah I guess, too. What kind of expectations do we have of our leaders, that we are supposed to be impressed when they're "comfortable with female peers" and have respect for a black woman? Is Andrew being purposely obtuse, or does he actually have no idea why promoting two African Americans to key cabinet positions hasn't cleared the Republicans' record on racial minorities. Like, what? Yay, you're not a complete bigot? Would we have to declare Bush champion of gay rights if he appointed an openly gay Secretary of Whatever, even if his policies and his party's policies didn't change? And where the hell is he getting this opinion on Bill Clinton? Yes, you discovered it, Andrew. Clinton secretly despises black people. If the Republicans' inability to become the party of diversity and racial harmony was due to insufficient cabinet positions, then Bush would be all set. But maybe people are withholding their praise for something a little more comprehensive than that.


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