Saturday, November 15, 2008

Diversity Police Plan Raid on Obama Transition

Over at the Politico, Lisa Lerer frets that men will be disproportionally represented in the Obama administration.

Early indications that men might dominate the hierarchy of Obama administration have women’s groups worried, even as a growing chorus of advisers reportedly pushes Hillary Rodham Clinton for secretary of state.

There’s definitely been a reaction to the few groups that have been named so far,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. “I agree with those who are concerned that it would have been nice to see more women.”

I'm at a loss to parse the bolded sentence.

I'm also at a loss to explain why an ad entitled "Secret Diet Revealed" appeared below NOW president Kim Gandy's picture accompanying the story. Surely this was coincidental, and not an editorial decision by Politico staffers.

But it is no mystery why NOW president Kim Gandy should be worried and concerned by the alarming lack of diversity in the first few picks of the Obama Administration. It might signal the troubling condition that the former Senator, who was recently forced to resign, is choosing his leadership team based on some unwritten code of alleged merit, rather than adhering to a sample that would be representative of the wider population.

And that would be a stunning defeat for group-based symbolism, a worrisome development for a movement built on the triumph of image over substance.

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