At Bu$hCo Diversity Stops With The Cabinet
Now, with 6 years to assess the administration's real performance, we find--surprise, surprise--that Bush not only does not lead on diversity, he can't even best the right's evil nemesis, Bill Clinton. WaPo's got the goods straight from the House Government Reform Committee. Have a look.
Of course, anything Clinton did, Bush seems determined to do the exact opposite, or at least to do it differently. If Clinton advocated this or did that, it therefore cannot be good. SO...
To me, these results are not such a great surprise, primarily given Bush's demeanor, but also to an extent, his party affiliation.
The GOP has a big tent? Hardy har har... Tell us ANOTHER good one, Dumbya! Your tent does include anyone who makes at least a half a million a year, as long as they are white, male, heterosexual and Christian. So what's that, about 5% of the population?
And, working from that, I don't find it surprising that his "people" are disproportionately white and male. That is the pool he is fishing in.
Not only do you have the traditional biases within big business and the think tank world, but then you also have the white male biases of the Republican party. So, it's a double sieve that strains out diversity.
My point is, I don't think he's consciously racist, he just hangs out in one of the most non-diverse crowds. Imagine staffing from a high end country club, not many minorities to choose from.
But seriously, I think that both you and Snave have hit the nail on the head. Bush *IS* a classist...and a loyalist. The minorities he does appoint, at least the visible ones at the leve. of the cabinet, are first and foremost loyalists. Below that, he doesn't really care that much and appoints people from the same class that he comes from, diversity be damned.