Ed Morrissey asks, “Wasn’t this supposed the era of post-racialism?”:
Robert Reich apparently didn’t get that message. In his appearance before Congress on structuring the stimulus plan on January 7th, Reich suggested that the package discriminate against white male workers:
I am concerned, as I’m sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high-skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers. … I have nothing against white male construction workers. I’m just saying that there are a lot of other people who have needs as well. … Criteria can be set so that the money does go to others, the long term unemployed minorities, women, people who are not necessarily construction workers or high-skilled professionals.
Meanwhile, Ed notes that if nothing else, Caroline Kennedy at least fulfilled > Blog Archive >> The real qualifications for a Senator from New York” href=”http://hotair.com/archives/2009/01/22/the-real-qualifications-for-a-senator-from-new-york/”>the most important aspect of being a senator from New York, quoting this passage in the New York Times:
Ms. Kennedy’s departure would reset the political calculus among the remaining contenders, about half a dozen of whom were likely to be serious prospects if Ms. Kennedy were out of the picture. Publicly and privately, Mr. Paterson has talked about the importance of selecting a woman to replace Mrs. Clinton, which could boost such candidates as Ms. Gillibrand, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, and Randi Weingarten, the president of the United Federation of Teachers.
I get it. It’s sort of the Robert Reich approach; we can’t allow a man (of any color, this time) to replace Hillary. Instead of looking for intellectual or experiential qualifications as a primary concern, Paterson wants simply to bar another Y-chromosomed Senator. Call it the New York Gender Stimulus plan.
Funny, I don’t recall Pat Moynihan making any waves about gender when his successor announced her candidacy.