Identity politics governs everything on the left these days, and that fact was made abundantly clear in the Democratic primary debate on Sunday night between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders when the topic of running mates and Supreme Court nominations came up for discussion.
Biden not only vowed, and later confirmed, that his eventual choice of a running mate would be a woman, but he also seemed to promise that, if granted the opportunity, he would nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Breitbart reported.
Biden makes SCOTUS pledge
Those promises from Biden came during the debate hosted by CNN and Univision and were in response to a loaded question from a female law professor in Arizona who essentially accused the “conservative agenda” of purposely working to hold women down and even place them in danger. She asked the candidates how their prospective cabinets would work to address an array of women’s issues.
Biden first noted that he agreed with the “underlying premise” of the woman’s question, and said, “Number one, I committed that if I’m elected president, to have an opportunity to appoint someone to the courts who will be — I will appoint the first black woman to the courts.
“It’s required that they have representation now. It’s long overdue,” he added.
Presumably, Biden was referencing the Supreme Court, given that there are already a number of black women who have been nominated and confirmed t0 all other levels of the federal judiciary.
The former vice president wasn’t finished there, though, saying, “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my cabinet, my administration, will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a — I’ll pick a woman to be vice president.
“There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president,” he added, according to the New York Times.
Biden wasn’t alone in promising Democratic voters that he would let identity politics — and the overarching focus on gender and race over ability and merit — dictate the makeup of his administration; Sanders offered up a similar response to the professor’s question.
“My cabinet, my administration, will look like America,” Sanders said, according to Politico. “Last I heard, over half of the people in America are women, and that will be the representation in my cabinet and my administration.”
Diversity over merit
Consider for a moment the full implications of what Biden and Sanders said in terms of crafting a Cabinet and choosing a running mate — the color of a person’s skin and the genitalia between their legs will be the priority when it comes to determining who is chosen, not the individual’s qualifications for a given post.
That is especially true for Biden’s vow to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court. If a black woman is indeed an experienced judge with a depth of legal and constitutional knowledge, then her nomination would be welcome. But if those particular qualities are subjugated to those related to gender and skin color, and a candidate is nominated simply out of deference to “diversity,” that isn’t any good at all.