cabinet diversity

>> Tuesday, December 23, 2008

There has been significant uproar over the "diversity" of Obama's cabinet picks. There are those complaining about a lack of southerners or light skinned african americans or any number of other things. My outlook on this is that there are too many different regions and skin colors and backgrounds for Obama to account for them all. We want him to be selecting for excellence and competence. We dont really want him to look for the best asian person or african american for a job we want him to look for the best person possible for the job.

I really doubt obama is someone who is going to be selecting a lily white cabinet or discriminating against anyone who is lgbt. There is plenty of diversity as far as the view points and politics of the cabinet posts go. From Republicans to progressives Obama is filling out every view in between. There is no point in asking for regional diversity or any of the other things people are clamoring for.


Transplanted Lawyer December 23, 2008 at 8:18 PM  

Obama should pick people for his cabinet and other senior administration posts for 1) loyalty to him, 2) competence at their particular jobs, and 3) ability to reach out to particular constituencies, in that order. Focusing on diversity first is placing priority #3 on the top of the list, where it does not belong.

The Gaucho Politico December 29, 2008 at 4:48 PM  

im not sure what you mean by "loyalty to him". i think people generally in line with his thought process and who work towards the goals set out by the administration are fine as long as they dont lose their ability to resist anything that is immoral or illegal. we dont want people who put personal loyalty above whats best for the country.

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