Ran across this article today on Foxnews.com.
This sums up the entire article nicely:
The race to replace Barack Obama as Illinois' junior senator heated up Tuesday as Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to name a black man or woman to the seat.
By invoking race, Rush, who is black, drove a potential wedge between the prospective white and black contenders for the seat. Rush said it would be a "national disgrace" if Obama's seat were not filled by an African American.
The Illinois governor has said he plans to name the replacement by the end of the year. That person would serve out the remaining two years of Obama's term.
"We don't want (Blagojevich) to short-circuit the will and the wisdom of the state of Illinois," Rush told FOXNews.com, after holding a press conference in Chicago announcing his petition drive for the governor to name a black candidate.
"As we speak, there are no African Americans in the Senate. (Blagojevich) has the power to put one there."
The will and wisdom of the voters of Illinois? For the record, Illinois is 15% black. Which voters are they trying to protect the will of?
I think that most people who read my blog realize I genuinely could care less about the race of the new Senatorial candidate. With this said, I do have a problem with affirmative action and that is exactly what this is.
If the best candidate is black, so be it. We cannot though use race as the only criteria. I believe that AA not only often gives us less than qualified candidates but I also view it as demeaning to minorities. We are telling them the only way they can succeed is with a special hand up. This sells minorities short and helps perpetuate the false stereotype by some that they are not qualified for certain positions.
But then again by any other measure we use, we still get incompetent Congressional members. So, never mind, let them pick who they want.