Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Can't we end identitiy poltics?

Can't we just pick the best Supreme Court justice.  Already today I've read stories about the need to appoint a  gay, Hispanic, lesbian, politician, lawyer, non-lawyer to the Court.  Only John Edwards and Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama have been left off the lists.  What ever happened to merit. Aren't these considerations just as bad as when George H.W. Bush told us that Clarence Thomas was the "best possible choice."  Will we ever move beyond identity politics.  On the one side are the Democrats who want to include and serve every special interest group, on the other hand Republicans who want to exclude everyone except middle age, white guys.  Isn't there a middle ground?