False Choices in Picking a New Court Nominee

4 05 2009

Each time a key administrative appointment is in the news suddenly the conversation operates on two polarities – diversity and qualifications, as if someone could not be eminently qualified for a job if he or she were not a white male. People need to be constantly reminded that there are talented people of color and women out there for many of the country’s top jobs, just look at the president’s cabinent or even the man who occupies the Oval Office himself.

Thats why its frustrating to read opinion pieces in the Washington Post like Benjamin Wittes entitled, “On the Supreme Court, What Price Diversity?” particularly when he says that a diverse court automatically comes at the price of nominating a quality Justice. That’s just a false dichtomy.

Syndicated columnist Ruben Navarette breaks down why on the Chris Matthews show.

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