March 4, 2013

"Obama pushing to diversify federal judiciary amid GOP delays."

Headline at The Washington Post — for article that has the top placement on the front page).
In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit? The first South Asian.

Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress.
This is such a ridiculous Obama puff piece. Obama pushing to diversify the federal judiciary? Like it's an Obama innovation?! I can't remember when Presidents didn't go out of their way pick federal judges from various minority groups.

WaPo is obviously using this diversity hook to criticize Republican resistance to liberal nominees. Does anyone in their right mind believe the GOP objects to these nominees because of their particular diversity factors.

It's a very long article, and the childish level of the Obama PR is so embarrassing I feel I should simply look away....
The new wave of nominations is part of an effort by Obama to cement a legacy that long outlives his presidency and makes the court system more closely resemble the changing society it governs, administration officials said.
Oh, administration officials said? Just take dictation, why don't you? Did these officials use the phrase "cement a legacy that long outlives his presidency" or did you concoct yourselves?

By the way, what U.S. President doesn't have a legacy that long outlives his presidency? How much "cement" is really needed for us not to forget a President?

But I do get the point of Presidents trying to extend their political power by relocating it in the judiciary. That's no innovation. That's an old, old tradition in America....

52 comments:

Hagar said...

He can't find a transgender Scandinavian Lutheran?

Shouting Thomas said...

Our political hacks are diverse.

Yours are evil white hetero men.

LarsPorsena said...

Any hermaphroditic Aleuts on the bench yet?

chickelit said...

He can't find a transgender Scandinavian Lutheran?

There actually is an anomalous dearth of Protestants at the very top of the Judiciary. I wonder if Mr. Diversity is helping or hindering that.

TA said...

The fellatory press.

Big Mike said...

Does anyone in their right mind believe the GOP objects to these nominees because of their particular diversity factors.

Ritmo, Inga, garage mahal ...

Oh! Wait! You said "in their right mind."

AprilApple said...

The story that shrouds it all: Media bias. It flows like a river... It's everywhere all the time.

rhhardin said...

We need more wise Latinas.

rhhardin said...

I'd suggest using graduates of women's math programs.

AprilApple said...

Diversity of thought doesn’t matter. What does matter? Skin color, ethnicity, and gender.
The superficial.

lincolntf said...

Now that we've spent generations elevating the unqualified to high positions in order to punish today's citizens for sins committed by long dead ancestors, can we measure the cost? How much of our failure in education is due to this? Our faltering economy? The cluelessness of many civil servants? We know that none of Affirmative Action's stated goals have been achieved, just ask any Democrat, racism is worse than ever. Time for people to wake up and dispose of the backward, worse than useless "Affirmative Action" that has done so much damage.

CEO-MMP said...

As long as they're good jurists, I don't care.

But knowing President O'Zero, they're likely to be weak as dishwater on the law--but strong in liberal outrage.

And what the hell is a "South Asian"? Have we really gotten to that point, where we have to refine everyone down almost to a zip code (or perhaps a UPC symbol)?

Icepick said...

I've often heard it said that the problem with Florida is that we don't have enough openly gay black men as judges in the federal courts down here. That's what's really holding the state back.

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Mitchell the Bat said...

A few generations of compulsory interbreeding and we can put the problem to bed.

Maguro said...

WaPo is obviously using this diversity hook to criticize Republican resistance to liberal nominees. Does anyone in their right mind believe the GOP objects to these nominees because of their particular diversity factors.

Well, lots of people will believe it. Whether they're in their right mind or not is a matter of opinion, I guess.

The Godfather said...

Icepick is right: Florida doesn't "have enough openly gay black men as judges in the federal courts". That's why I moved to North Carolina. We're swimming in openly gay black male judges down here.

Rick67 said...

WaPo delenda est.

rhhardin said...

South Asian means skinny with narrow faces.

No round faces like north Asia.

JAL said...

Indians or Pakistanis versus Chinese, Japanese or Koreans.

I just can't believe they left off the triracial micronesian transgendered double amputee with psoriasis.

Or maybe it was regendered.

Bob Ellison said...

I've been getting older. Skepticism is fermenting into cynicism. I turn off the ears and eyes when I hear words like diversity, transparency, and bipartisanship. I'm tired.

Could these currents in my outlook be part of a widespread political phenomenon? If the people stop caring because they think there's nothing they can do, we stop being America.

Saint Croix said...

Will there be a time when liberals get sick of the symbolic gesture?

he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian.

It's just going to get dumber and dumber and dumber. I see no end in sight.

edutcher said...

What he's doing is finding judges who probably wouldn't have made the cut otherwise and will happily do his bidding in exchange for a sinecure.

Willie did the same thing, but didn't try to ennoble what he was doing (in his case, a virtual impossibility).

The Drill SGT said...

Hagar said...
He can't find a transgender Scandinavian Lutheran?


Lots of those around in Stockholm.

transgender Scandinavian Muslims that are a bit thin on the ground...


The Drill SGT said...

Seriously though?

No Gay Muslims? Why not? Surely our leaders tell us that it's biologoy, so all groups ought to have the same percentage of gays?

Come on, grow a pair, find a gay Muslim and nominate him. Make History :)


The Drill SGT said...

biology :)

There wasn't an extra gay slur intended

edutcher said...

Better yet, dump Moochelle for a gay Moslem and really make history.

And maybe make yourself history, too.

Seeing Red said...

Any paraplegics?

One-eyed or armed or legged?

Until then, yawn.

Paul Brinkley said...
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Paul Brinkley said...

[I really, really wish it was possible to turn on emails after posting, even if you forgot.]

"WaPo is obviously using this diversity hook to criticize Republican resistance to liberal nominees. Does anyone in their right mind believe the GOP objects to these nominees because of their particular diversity factors."

No True Scotsman fallacy aside, I just had to respond to someone this morning who, aside from thinking the birther movement was an example of widespread racism toward Obama, seems fairly level-headed (works for a living, successfully dresses himself, etc.), so yes, it's possible such people exist.

Saint Croix said...

I can't remember when Presidents didn't go out of their way pick federal judges from various minority groups.

Identity politics is insane. It's dehumanizing and offensive. It's racist. It's sexist. It's superficial and stupid.

They don't mention the names of the judges!

Nothing about their accomplishments, where they went to school, what they did. All of that is irrelevant, apparently.

At least Obama's fictional creation "Julia" had a name. These actual human beings are so irrelevant, we aren't even told who they are or why they are worthy of these nominations!

Others include the first Haitian American, Afro-Caribbean, Vietnamese American and Korean American judges nominated to their respective positions.

I don't know what's more annoying, reducing everybody to their race, or being smug about how morally superior you are while you do it.

Richard Dolan said...

An Obama puff piece in the WaPo? Heaven forfend. Please, please, say it ain't so!

The real surprise would be if it were the only one in today's WaPo.

edutcher said...

Saint Croix said...

I can't remember when Presidents didn't go out of their way pick federal judges from various minority groups.

Identity politics is insane. It's dehumanizing and offensive. It's racist. It's sexist. It's superficial and stupid.


Yes, but it's the scam the demos run on their thralls to make them think they're getting ahead.

Unknown said...

Last summer, Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of NJ, nominated an openly gay black man (also a Republican) to the NJ Supreme Court. The NJ Senate (dominated by Democrats) rejected him. Where's the diversity?

Unknown said...

Last summer, Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of NJ, nominated an openly gay black man (also a Republican) to the NJ Supreme Court. The NJ Senate (dominated by Democrats) rejected him. Where's the diversity?

Tridad said...

Great. So FINALLY Miguel Estrada will be confirmed.

Fritz said...

rhhardin said...

We need more wise Latinas.

One would be nice.

EMD said...

Others include the first Haitian American, Afro-Caribbean, Vietnamese American and Korean American judges nominated to their respective positions.


Someone here in the 'melting pot' needs to turn up the heat.

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Baron Zemo said...

On the current edition of the "Celebrity Apprentice" the two teams were not broken up into men vs women as they were the last few years.
You see when they did the women seemed to lose every time until some men were put on their team.

This time there were two captains. "Rock of Love" dude Brett Michaels and country star Trace Atkins. They chose up sides like in the schoolyard.

Trace only picked white guys and two women. Brett picked second and started off with Omarosa who is the Barack Obama of the reality world. Now Trace went with the best player available method and the only good player he missed out on was LittleJon. But if you read the comments on several TV blogs he was called out for being a racist. You see he wasn't supposed to pick the best players in order to win....he was supposed to pick a "diverse" team which is more important than winning.
Right now he is taking a beating for picking a winning team.

Everything you need to know about life you can learn by watching reality TV.

ricpic said...

Why push for more lesbian judges or homosexual judges or hispanic judges or black judges if your aim is to strengthen equal justice under the law? No reason. No reason for the constant diversity push if equal justice were of any concern. Every reason to push for diversity if your aim is social justice for lesbians or homosexuals or hispanics or blacks. And of course social justice can only be meted out at the expense of equal justice. The death of equal justice by the way must end in the death of the ethos that made the western world. "Not amusing," say the professors, as they march forward into the glorious future of social justice, a desert spreading out behind them.

William said...

Can anyone explain how being an Asian lesbian gives such a person any especially worthy insights into law and justice? I don't think we should discriminate against Asian lesbians, but I don't see why this quality makes their appointmment in any way noteworthy......Also I would think that if someone becomes too sui generis then their insights into human nature become not deeper but more distorted.

Rabel said...

"In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian."

In my heart of hearts, I firmly believe that this was not the first Asian-American lesbian. They exist in multitudes. They are all hot and most of them wear school uniforms and floppy socks.

AlanKH said...

If he nominated the first openly Dittohead gay black man, THAT would be diversity.

AlanKH said...

"In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian."

In a land where the "sex is not gender" meme thrives in nominally respectable circles, anybody on the planet can claim to be an Asian American lesbian.

AlanKH said...

"Ritmo, Inga, garage mahal"

For some reason seeing that string made me think of Gregorian chant.

mccullough said...

W. nominated a black, female, libertarian from Alabama to the D.C. Circuit.

There's nothing more diverse than that.

Alex said...

Good ole John Adams. If only we could bring him back!

Alex said...

What do all these appointees have in common? An utter disdain for the Constitution and a Communist outlook. This will not end well for America.

jr565 said...

I love how all the diversity candidates are now diverse in multiple ways. So it's not just the first black. It's the first gay black. Or the first lesbian Hindu. I'm waiting for the first openly black Eskimo Siamese twins one of whom is a transsexual and the other who is a gay hermaphrodite to serve on the district court. Just having the first Eskimo isn't diverse enough.

Sabinal said...

I don't think this impresses *anyone*...looks like Obama's busy finding unique things to do rather than save people's jobs that could be effected by the sequester

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