Identity politics on parade
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is becoming noticeably desperate in her grasping attempts to stall the freefall her campaign is experiencing in both polls and fundraising.
Not only did she pick—and lose—an unnecessary fight with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over a sexist comment he supposedly made to her, but now she is pledging to fill her cabinet with ‘women and nonbinary people.’
Not the best people for a given position, mind you, just the people with vaginas and/or who are “nonbinary,” whatever that means. Presumably, she plans to select the best from this self-limited pool of potential cabinet members, but that part is not clear.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., vowed in a new campaign policy paper that if she is elected president in November, she will fill out at least half of her Cabinet with “women and nonbinary people.”
Warren, who is currently sitting in third in most national polls behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, wrote Tuesday in a lengthy post on Medium that she will build “a Cabinet and senior leadership team that reflects the full diversity of America, including having at least 50 [percent] of Cabinet positions filled by women and nonbinary people.”
. . . . The post by Warren, who has been criticized for playing identity politics, echoes a statement she made during December’s Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles where she said that if she was elected president, she would “go to the Rose Garden once a year to read the names of transgender women, of people of color, who have been killed in the past year.”
Even Whoopi Goldberg at the View was unimpressed and actually nailed one of the primary problems with the left’s identity politics fetish.
In a Medium post entitled “Restoring Integrity and Competence to Government After Trump,” Warren, 70, said her presidential administration would be committed to diverse racial and gender representation, providing a checklist of goals she intends to accomplish in office. One such goal includes filling half of her Cabinet with either women or nonbinary individuals.
“Our government officials can best serve the American public when they reflect the diversity of the country itself,” she wrote. “I will build a Cabinet and senior leadership team that reflects the full diversity of America, including having at least 50% of Cabinet positions filled by women and non-binary people.”
Warren faced backlash from the co-hosts of ABC’s The View. Meghan McCain, Whoopi Goldberg, and Joy Behar agreed that she was using the strategy of identity politics. “I know you guys hate when I say this, but I really don’t like identity politics,” said McCain, the conservative host on the show. “None of us like identity politics,” Goldberg responded. Sunny Hostin, a liberal host on the show, disagreed, adding that she likes identity politics. But Goldberg fired back, “This is how people say to you that you’re not smart enough to figure out who you want.”
Additional pledges in Warren’s latest plan include:
- Ensure representation of LGBTQ+ people across all levels of government, including in leadership roles.
- Diversify recruitment to direct real resources toward attracting entry-level applicants for public service from HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and other minority-serving institutions, and reform high-level recruiting processes to attract diverse experienced hires into senior management positions.
- Create new paid fellowship programs for federal jobs for people from marginalized communities and low-income applicants, including formerly incarcerated individuals.
- Open up promotion pathways by requiring every federal agency to incorporate diversity as part of their core strategic plan and creating support networks through a government-wide mentorship program that centers Black and Brown employees.
If she’s hoping this will turn things around for her failing campaign, she’s in for a big surprise because it won’t. All it does is confirm Democrat primary voters’ worst fears about her and make her even more unappealing to the general electorate.DONATE
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