I saw this on CNN yesterday, and forgot about it until someone mentioned it in the comments. Roland Martin deserves a damned medal for this response to the question as to whether Obama’s picks are diverse enough (it started specifically with a special report featuring Kim Gandy from NOW claiming there are not enough women):
ROLAND MARTIN, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: This is the most utterly useless conversations that exists every four years, because folks always do this, Republicans and Democrats.
I actually got an e-mail from somebody who complained that there were not enough dark-skinned African-Americans. Obama was only choosing light-skinned African-Americans. That’s how crazy this conversation is. How many women should he choose? Should it be 10 out of the 20? Should it be 50 percent, as opposed to 25 percent?
It is a ridiculous conversation. The focus of any of these groups, whether you’re women, African-American, Hispanic, whether you’re progressive, should be, what are the policies that are going to be initiated?
When President Bush, when he first made his appointments, you had Colin Powell, who obviously was secretary of state. But one of the things people never talked about, there were four African-Americans who were in the number-two positions at the various departments, they were the ones who operated as the chief operating officers. And so, this whole notion that you should only look at those folks it’s a policy position.
Look at Melanie Barnes. She’s over — when it comes to domestic policy. You got people in critical jobs. It’s not always just about the cabinet level jobs.
I honestly do not know how Democrats win as often as they do. With all the infighting and elbowing and whining and kicking and screaming, the fact that Clinton was elected twice and now Obama in the past 20 years just shows how bad the Republicans are. Otherwise, no party this fractious and petty and short-sighted could ever win anything, especially when they willingly feed a media environment that just LOVES this kind of BS story.
And yes, I am fully aware that I will get ten huffy emails saying I just can’t handle dissent and blah blah blah. Go air it in the damned grievances below. I’m cranky today.