Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Diversity Gets Benched

Diversity Gets Benched
I have to hand to this author:
The Miers pick represented the elevation of gender over quality; instead of adding to the sense that it is normal and appropriate to have women on the high court, the choice made it look as if presidents have to make sacrifices to scrounge up female nominees. Like almost every woman I know, of every ideological stripe, I was relieved when she withdrew.

But I also find it disturbing that the drive for diversity has been so quickly, so blithely abandoned: Been there, tried that, now we can pick who we REALLY want. Diversity at the expense of quality is no virtue, but quality without diversity is nonetheless a vice.
She solved that itch of something wrong here in my head, by defining it.

That and the overturning of Roe v Wade, and the way Republicans denied Harriet Miers an up or down vote when they did so much bloviating about just that subject last Spring.


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