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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Divisive Politics of the Politically Correct

SOMETIMES observing the ineptitudes of the Democratic Party is like sitting in the cheap seats at an Indigo Girls concert. You‘re nowhere near the stage, but if you check out the two ladies sucking face in the adjacent seats it’s still worth the price of admission.

Such is true in watching how Sen. Patrick “Leaky” Leahy is going about trying to circumvent the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to the position of Attorney General. Leahy can’t just come out and challenge the nomination. Although, if he truly thinks Gonzales is a poor choice, he should. However, the Democratic Party is so enthused and simultaneously befuddled by political correctness that they are terrified of confronting an individual they define as a minority.

Notice the pronoun. “They” perceive Gonzales as a minority. I’m quite sure that Alberto Gonzales perceives himself as an American. So, in an overt effort to put this challenge in the least egregious light, the DNC has enlisted a proxy group of “Civil Rights” advocates to raise the cane on their behalf. In simplification, if that’s possible, the DNC needed to challenge a qualified candidate who just happens to be of Mexican lineage. In order to avoid the appearance of making the challenge appear to be racially motivated, they enlist the usual minority mouth pieces and Leftist window dressing. Their assumption is that minorities are impervious to accusations of racism as are Leftists who advocate that everyone has racist motivations. Sadly, those minorities enlisted allow themselves to be prostituted for the cause so the DNC can be perceived as more politically “erect.”

It’s amusing to watch the DNC try and exit their own created hole by way of China.

Civil rights leaders urge close study of Gonzales

As part of a growing chorus of criticism over the nomination, which senators last week said was certain to be approved, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights -- in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, and the panel's ranking Democrat, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont -- wants the committee to determine Mr. Gonzales' "suitability" to head the Justice Department.

The letter was signed by Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Mark D. Agrast, a senior vice president at the Center for American Progress; Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice; Marsha Atkind, president of the National Council of Jewish Women; and Charles J. Brown, president of Citizens for Global Solutions.

Now, not everyone on this Salutation list is a minority. However, those that don’t qualify as such are so far to the left in their organizational mission statements that taking them seriously based on the “content of their character” is quite a stretch.

What it comes down to is the “tough crap factor.” Those on the Left are grabbing any any opportunity that would allow them to challenge any aspect of the current administration’s agenda regardless of whether they believe it benefits the country or not. As a result, they are reduced to half-assed manufactured alliances issuing letters on the south side of a meritorious amicus brief.

Incidentally, this is the second round of such an effort. Just last week, Liberal People For the American Way did the same. However, this form of dissent, made chic by the United Nations Security Council continues on until the second phase of dissent, which is usually another strongly worded letter.

It’s humorous that the nominee that they are vigorously challenging was the same individual who lobbied the current administration to avoid taking a strong and decisive position on the reverse discrimination cases earlier in the term at the University of Michigan. You will recall that Ted Olsen’s brief in those cases left lots of wiggle room on the continuation of affirmative action programs and objected only to the way in which Michigan had pursued diversity, not to the diversity rationale for affirmative action itself. As a result, the University of Michigan prevailed 5 to 4. That was due in no small part to the influence and persistence of Alberto Gonzales.

If the current President were a Democrat, these same groups would never be called upon by the DNC as they would be too busy issuing press releases on their splendid application of equal opportunity as they nominated the first "Mexican-American" to the Attorney General's office. However, it should be noted that the administration in office at present didn't recognize Alberto Gonzales as such. He's just an American. And, as President Bush put it, he's "mi abogado" ("my lawyer").

The Washington Times provide more details on the Civil Rights Groups correspondence here.

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