Republican Oklahoma Senators Coburn and Inhofe object to a native American appointed to the federal bench by Barack Obama. Apparently, a Native American who on paper looks highly qualified.
Why? They won’t say. He’s simply “unacceptable for the position.” In what way is he unacceptable? It could be because he’s a Native American. (Apparently, 8% of Oklahomans are Native American; the highest percentage of any state in the Union except Alaska.)
Of course, it could also be because if Barack Obama nominated Jesus to the federal bench, Coburn and Inhofe would find him “unacceptable”.
But again, they won’t say.
Could it be that they’re simply racists? Sorry. They won’t say.
Read the article in The Atlantic here: “The Mikkanen Nomination and the White Man”, by Andrew Cohen.
(As a total aside: Am I the only one who think that Tom Coburn’s new beard makes him look more than a little like Colonel Sanders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame?)