the right kind of affirmative action
Nathan Newman writes about "stealth" judicial candidate Miguel Estrada, noting that the Right seems to be employing a little--gasp!--affirmative action in recommending him:
Here is a very young candidate (only 41) with relatively little experience and almost no writings of note (any that exist from his days in the Justice Department are being withheld for fear of what they would reveal about his rightwing views).
So how do they sell him? As a Latino, purely and simply.
...Like the President who nominated him, Estrada was born on third base and likes to brag that he hit a triple. Back in Honduras where he was raised, his family was well-off and well-established. His father was also a lawyer and Estrada studied in private schools his whole life.
Nothing wrong with that per se, although it's reflective of conservative viewpoints that they think the American Dream is sliding from privileged public schools to rightwing patronage jobs into high office, while never having published or said anything of note before that point.
But selling that as "the American Dream" is an insult to families that have struggled and dealt with the real racism facing poor latinos every day.