Laura Wides-Munoz of AP's noxious racial bean-counting (does Obama discriminate against white males in cabinet?)
President Barack Obama is on track to name more Hispanics to top posts than any of his predecessors, drawing appointees from a wide range of the nation's Latino communities, including Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Colombians.
That won't necessarily give the president a free pass on issues such as immigration, but it may ease Hispanics' worries about whether Obama will continue reaching out to a group that was key to his winning the White House.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is by far Obama's most famous Hispanic appointee. In less than a year in office, the president has also tapped at least 48 other Hispanics to positions senior enough to require Senate confirmation. So far, 35 have been approved.
That compares with a total of 30 approved under Bill Clinton and 34 under George W. Bush during their first 20 months in office, according to U.S. Office of Personnel Management data.
She then quotes Hilda Solis: "He's really captured our trajectory, and the vast, vast array of Latinos that make up our country, whether it's Mexicanos, Puertorriquenos or Dominicanos." She mentions Sonia Sotomayor, Thomas Perez, and others. Then, she gives a shout out to George W Bush:
In some ways, Obama is simply following his predecessor's example. Until the Obama administration, Bush's Cabinet was widely considered the most ethnically diverse in U.S. history, with Hispanics serving as secretaries of commerce and housing and as attorney general. Less than half of Obama's Cabinet consists of white men.
That's progress, far-left style: a cabinet that doesn't "look like America". If the situation were reversed and most appointments were white males, one can only imagine the outcry. And, of course, the people she's referring to are a rogue's gallery of Mel Martinez, Carlos Gutierrez, and Alberto Gonzales. (Presumably she isn't referring to the other HUD secretary, Alphonso Jackson; he resigned in April 2008 after corruption claims became too much for even the Bush administration to deal with, link).
Then, we get a very curious, reconquista-style description of what's now partly U.S. territory:
About half of Obama's picks trace their roots to Mexico and the former Spanish holdings in the Southwest, not surprising since two-thirds of Hispanics in the U.S. identify themselves as Mexican-American. But the administration also includes about half a dozen people of South American descent and nearly a dozen Hispanics from the Caribbean.
And, a bit of a knock on Obama for thinking Hispanics are fungible:
Oddly, that geographic and international diversity may come in part from Obama's lack of experience in working with Hispanics, said Matt Barreto, an associate professor at the University of Washington who studies Latino politics.
And, an example of the AP making good use of their resources:
More than half of the appointees hold an Ivy League degree, and more than a quarter, like the president, have a diploma from Harvard, an Associated Press review found.