Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Upcoming House GOP Committee Chairs: All White, All Male

The Republicans' problems with Latinos, blacks and women are increasingly evident, especially after Election Day. Regarding their own constituency, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said with remarkable candor, “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” So how's the GOP's push to appeal to an increasingly diversified America going? Not so well, evidently. House Speaker John Boehner (center) announced the 19 chairs of all major House Committees in the next Congress. Every single one is a white male. In comparison, House Democrats are much more reflective of today's America:

There isn't a single woman or minority included in the mix of 19 House committee chairs announced Tuesday -- a stark reality for a party desperate to appeal to women and minorities after both groups overwhelmingly rejected Republicans just weeks ago in the presidential election. ...While there are still two lower-tier House committees awaiting a chair assignment -- the Ethics Committee and House Administration -- neither committee has any women or minority members.

...House Democratic leaders haven't announced who will be the ranking Democrats on each of the committees, but they clearly dominate on the diversity front. Out of the 19 major House committees, as many as nine of the ranking Democrats are expected to be a woman or a minority...

...A senior Democratic aide reveled in the fact that Republicans can't seem to figure out how to diversify.

"One would think House Republicans would learn from their mistakes. But they have elected a roster of committee chairs that represent their ranks: old white men," the aide said.

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