Obama's white guys
President Obama is being criticized because his cabinet is looking too pale and too male for the PC crowd. While I enjoy seeing Obama hoisted on his own petard, I applaud his commitment to excellence over inclusion. I don’t like all his choices, but I agree that the president should seek those he thinks best, w/o regard to races, gender, creed or national origin. That is the American way.
What are the chances that the Obama administration has ever rejected the most qualified candidate for a job because that individual was female, rather than let out a large "Huzzah" and rush her name to the Senate? Exactly zero.
We persist in the myth the discrimination exists. It does, but usually white males are the victims these days. Everybody knows that if they choose the "diversity" candidate, they will be praised. On the other hand, choosing the white guy will require lots of explaining. The incentives are clearly against the white male candidate.
You know that there has not been a white male Secretary of State for 16 years. Was this the cause of consternation? Of course not, nor should it have been. The same should be true the other way.
I think that it is impossible that President Obama holds some secret hostility toward women or minorities. His advisers are those that he thinks best.
As I wrote above, it is fun to see our liberal friends tearing themselves apart about, but it really is silly. Maybe Obama will cave to the pressure. He shouldn't.
I think much of the problem has to do with a general inability to understand statistics. Some people really believe that if Obama chooses ten advisers based only on merit he would come up with five women, one black, one Hispanic and a few people with mixed ancestry including native Americans, Asians etc. If you think that, enroll in a class about probability and sampling ... or you can remain ignorant and believe that President Obama is a closet bigot.
Of course, if you believe that crap, why are you untroubled by the fact that nearly 57% of college students are female or that the NBA has few white stars?Posted by Christine & John at January 20, 2013 10:05 AM