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November 14, 2012

The GOP Senate’s Diversity Movement — Such As It Is

As Democrats and a large swath of the country went to bed on November 7th realizing that women and minorities were finally breaking through as a voting and a representative force, all focus of attention was on the wave rolling from left to center. That’s what makes this photo so wonderful. Lost in the rout of its Senate hopefuls, a lineup notable for far right conservatives and angry white men, was the composition of the Republican’s unnervingly modest incoming class. Take out the re-elected Jeff Flake of AZ far left and what you have is Mitch McConnell, the Repubs Senate Minority Leader proudly beaming with the latest members — a woman and a Latino — to join the GOP ranks. I can’t decide if the photo is just ironic and all too meager, or it’s actually a portrait of warning and incentive, as if God’s calling the party on the carpet for a kick-in-the-pants.

(photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images caption: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (2nd R), poses with Republican senators-elect Jeff Flake (R-AZ) (L), Deb Fischer (R-NE) (2nd L), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) at the U.S. Capitol on November 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Senators elect are at the Capitol to check in and attend orientation meetings before starting their term in January.)

  • Zafera

    Put Flake on the end so they can crop him out when he loses to Carmona.

  • Cactus

    Four very proper but tense people, posing in the middle of — nothing. The
    people are beige and black (colors not ethnicity), surrounded by a beige and
    white room. They are dwarfed by the room; even the fireplace looms larger. In
    fact, the mirror over that fireplace shows the only activity in the room. It is
    apparently the press figures doing whatever and ignoring the pathetic four in
    their impotence.

    All in all, it’s a sad photo of four people smiling at . . .???

    BTW, didn’t Carmona already concede?

  • WordSmith

    So this is how white folks define diversity – men & women….. white at that.

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