The Politicus

Meghan McCain clumsily white-splains merit-based hiring … to a nation that didn't ask

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On Tuesday, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth backed down from a threat to delay approving Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees because of a lack of high-level Asian American representation among the president’s brain trust. She made the announcement after receiving assurances from the Biden administration that it would strive for greater AAPI representation in government.

As Duckworth, a Thai American, had previously noted in the wake of the recent Atlanta shooting, “we don't have anybody either [at a senior level] in the West Wing or in a cabinet-level position, and I don't think that's a good message to send to a significant portion of our nation's population—a population that's really hurting right now after a year of being under attack.”

As internecine fights go, this is pretty small potatoes, and it looks like Democrats are working it out amongst themselves. 

So Meghan McCain is outraged. Of course.