President-elect Barack Obama is drawing a fair amount of flak from various and disparate single-issue groups over his Cabinet appointments. Multiple special interest groups are complaining that they’re not appropriately represented in Obama’s incoming Cabinet.
The Feminists – in the form of the National Organization of Women (NOW) – are bitching about President-elect Obama’s Cabinet choices. They’re complaining that he only appointed five (5) women to his Cabinet.
The Blacks – in the form of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – are ranting about President-elect Obama’s Cabinet choices. They’re complaining that he only appointed four (4) Blacks to his Cabinet.
The Latinos – in various informal forms since they don’t have a central or primary PAC – are railing against President-elect Obama’s Cabinet choices. They’re complaining that he only appointed three (3) Latinos to his Cabinet.
The Homosexuals – again in various informal forms since they don’t have a central or primary PAC – are whining about President-elect Obama’s Cabinet choices. They’re complaining that he didn’t appoint any openly queer people at all to his Cabinet.
Now, as any regular reader of Reflections From A Murky Pond already knows, I’m fairly close to the last American one would expect to defend Obama from his detractors or praise his actions. But just because I think that electing Obama was a horrible – and possibly nationally suicidal – mistake doesn’t mean that I’m going to side with special interest groups who are attacking him for no good purpose.
There are fourteen (14) Cabinet Secretaries. Of that 14 Obama has selected: 5 women, 4 Blacks, and 3 Latinos. That’s a quite diverse grouping of gender and races. Of course there is some overlap in the demographics of Obama’s Cabinet selections, cases such as Obama’s new Secretary of Labor, Rep. Hilda L. Solis, who is a Latino woman.
What I see is a bunch of single issue, self-serving enemies of American democracy and American meritocracy who are puling about not getting enough of their respective sorts into key positions in the US government. President-elect Obama has drawn their ire because he has apparently made a certain amount of effort to place the best qualified – for his agenda at least – people into the Cabinet positions. In other words, he’s doing something right!
Don’t get me wrong; I dsilike most of Obama’s Cabinet picks as well. They’re mostly from the Far Left and many seem to be Global Warming dupes.
So Obama has turked off a lot of people in the US with his Cabinet selections. Conservatives are unhappy about- but unsurprised by the political ideology of his Cabinet, and various groups who identify themselves solely or primarily by gender, race, or sexual proclivities are unhappy because Obama didn’t seemingly meet their expectations for increased power under his regime.
I hate to say it, but anytime a Liberal President declines to appease these groups in favor of appointing who he thinks is best qualified for the job he’s probably doing the right thing.