WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced who will chair all of the major House committees in the next Congress. And it turns out they all have something in common besides party affiliation: they're all white men.
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. The one female committee chair that House Republicans currently have, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), is stepping down because her term is up. 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.
At least one Senate Democrat was quick to point out that something is missing from the Republican lineup.
"Disappointed to see House committee chairmanships in the 113th Congress will not include a single woman. -PM," tweeted Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who included a link to Boehner's press release announcing the chair posts.
If they are the best for the job, why does it matter what color or gender they are?
Not at all, but when you look at a group and see that every single member fits a very specific demographic it gives the impression that the decision makers are unwilling to look outside that demographic.
Is there anything wrong with this picture? Or is the lack a diversity acceptable for a party that claims it wants to be more inclusive?