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(Politico)   Gavin Newsom pressured to fill Kamala Harris's vacant seat with someone more diverse than his current favorite   (politico.com) divider line
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2020-11-23 12:19:10 PM  
14 votes:
Gavin Newsom thinks he's going to be elected President someday. [NARRATOR: "That will never happen."]  So much so, in fact, that he would've probably been just as happy to see Trump win this year so that he could run in 2024 with no Dem incumbent President, so now he knows he would probably have to wait until 2028 to run (and lose).  He will want to appoint someone to Harris's seat who he does not see as potential competition then. It would also be nice if he could appoint someone who would be good at being a Senator, but that's not really part of the equation for him or any other California politician.

Given that, the best choice would be Ted Lieu. He would be a great Senator, and because he was born in Taiwan he's ineligible to run for President. Of course, that will not happen because he's not female enough or dark-skinned enough to check enough of the "diversity" boxes, but he would be a good pick for Gavin.

A better pick would be Katie Porter, but Gavin would view her as potential competition, and she checks only one "diversity" box.
 
2020-11-23 5:12:45 PM  
11 votes:
I'm not usually extremely keen on eliminating candidates because they don't fit a particular gender/ethnicity criterion...but California is 40% Latin. I think that population deserves representation.

Ideally, get Feinstein to retire so he can fill both seats and make everyone happy.
 
2020-11-23 5:07:09 PM  
11 votes:
Should be Mitchel or Breed. The other three are OVER retirement age already. The Democrats need to stop pushing the geezers. No Silent, No Boomers. Gen-X or Millennials.
 
2020-11-23 5:12:28 PM  
9 votes:
Katie Porter would rock as a senator.
 
2020-11-23 5:07:22 PM  
9 votes:
Can't we just get the best person, regardless of race or gender?

I get the point, but you'll do more damage than good this way.
 
2020-11-23 9:18:57 AM  
8 votes:
How can one person be diverse, subby?

/pedant
 
2020-11-23 5:26:55 PM  
5 votes:

stpickrell: I still think Jerry Brown, or a 70+ Hispanic with a distinguished career and no higher ambitions, is the way to go.


In that case i nominate Danny Trejo for the job
 
2020-11-23 5:18:06 PM  
4 votes:

sinner4ever: We all know the only color that matters is green.


It seems the only color that actually matters is white, as in "We don't care what color they are as long as they aren't white."  This isn't promotion of a particular race, just discrimination against one in particular.

A person's skin color should not prevent them from getting a job if they are the best qualified; that didn't used to be controversial.
 
2020-11-23 5:10:31 PM  
4 votes:

Unscratchable_Itch: Ooh, I'd say go with Maxine Waters - she doesn't take any shiat from anybody. However, she's 82, so they might need to fill the seat again sooner than expected.


Maxine Waters could burn more Republicans in a few days than anyone else could in a full term.  I like this idea.
 
2020-11-23 5:09:20 PM  
4 votes:
Ooh, I'd say go with Maxine Waters - she doesn't take any shiat from anybody. However, she's 82, so they might need to fill the seat again sooner than expected.
 
2020-11-23 5:09:08 PM  
4 votes:
I wonder if George Takei would accept being selected for that job? Perhaps governance isn't as much fun without Trump to kick around.
 
2020-11-23 5:05:10 PM  
4 votes:
Woman of Color always trumps Man of Color, don't you know your intersectionality, governor?
 
2020-11-23 5:22:10 PM  
3 votes:
Congressman Ro Khanna?

https://khanna.house.gov/
 
2020-11-23 6:21:13 PM  
2 votes:

GrinzGrimly: sinner4ever: We all know the only color that matters is green.

It seems the only color that actually matters is white, as in "We don't care what color they are as long as they aren't white."  This isn't promotion of a particular race, just discrimination against one in particular.

A person's skin color should not prevent them from getting a job if they are the best qualified; that didn't used to be controversial.


I don't recall hearing a peep from you when Trump said he wanted to replace RBG with a woman.
 
2020-11-23 6:15:30 PM  
2 votes:

GrinzGrimly: jaytkay: GrinzGrimly:
A person's skin color should not prevent them from getting a job if they are the best qualified; that didn't used to be controversial.

Because there is precisely one best qualified person for the job. There is an objective measurement and only one person has the highest score.

/ This is how conservatives think
// And toddlers

"There is no objective way to measure most of the characteristics we're looking for in this person, all we know at this point is we should exclude one group based on their race."

/ This is how liberals think
// And bigots


You're so provocative here on Fark. Do you get enough attention on Parler too?
 
2020-11-23 5:30:01 PM  
2 votes:

GrinzGrimly: sinner4ever: We all know the only color that matters is green.

It seems the only color that actually matters is white, as in "We don't care what color they are as long as they aren't white."  This isn't promotion of a particular race, just discrimination against one in particular.

A person's skin color should not prevent them from getting a job if they are the best qualified; that didn't used to be controversial.


Funny you mention that a person's skin color should not prevent them from getting the job, yet for well over 100 years in CA, that person's skin color (and number of testicles he has between his legs) were the first requirement to being considered for the job. Now, once we've finally had some female and non-white representation, we get the "oh, we should not be using skin color or gender..." fark off.
 
2020-11-23 5:20:13 PM  
2 votes:

Cyberluddite: Gavin Newsom thinks he's going to be elected President someday. [NARRATOR: "That will never happen."]  So much so, in fact, that he would've probably been just as happy to see Trump win this year so that he could run in 2024 with no Dem incumbent President, so now he knows he would probably have to wait until 2028 to run (and lose).  He will want to appoint someone to Harris's seat who he does not see as potential competition then. It would also be nice if he could appoint someone who would be good at being a Senator, but that's not really part of the equation for him or any other California politician.

Given that, the best choice would be Ted Lieu. He would be a great Senator, and because he was born in Taiwan he's ineligible to run for President. Of course, that will not happen because he's not female enough or dark-skinned enough to check enough of the "diversity" boxes, but he would be a good pick for Gavin.

A better pick would be Katie Porter, but Gavin would view her as potential competition, and she checks only one "diversity" box.


They should get Feinstein to retire and Ted and Katie should run for her seat.
Whomever wins we all win.
 
2020-11-23 5:11:49 PM  
2 votes:
"There's no way that Gavin Newsom should allow anyone other than a Black woman to fill the seat of Harris, who's only the second Black woman in the history of the U.S. Senate," Brown told POLITICO on Sunday. "There should be no contest."

So that's a no to anyone but a black woman. So no Asian, Latinx, Native American, Caucasian, et al., people need apply even if they're gay or transgender. Good to know the seat is strictly for a black woman. No Indian (dot) Americans for the seat allowed.
 
2020-11-23 5:07:23 PM  
2 votes:
I still think Jerry Brown, or a 70+ Hispanic with a distinguished career and no higher ambitions, is the way to go.
 
2020-11-23 6:26:24 PM  
1 vote:
My state has had two female senators for decades  I think we've proven that there's not a glass ceiling where that's concerned. It's ok to appoint someone male this time.
 
2020-11-23 6:23:58 PM  
1 vote:
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2020-11-23 5:48:13 PM  
1 vote:
GrinzGrimly:
A person's skin color should not prevent them from getting a job if they are the best qualified; that didn't used to be controversial.

Because there is precisely one best qualified person for the job. There is an objective measurement and only one person has the highest score.

/ This is how conservatives think
// And toddlers
 
2020-11-23 5:26:15 PM  
1 vote:

cptrios: I'm not usually extremely keen on eliminating candidates because they don't fit a particular gender/ethnicity criterion...but California is 40% Latin. I think that population deserves representation.

Ideally, get Feinstein to retire so he can fill both seats and make everyone happy.


Yeah, I don't have an opinion on Padilla himself, but picking the son of Mexican immigrants seems a good choice.

California hasn't had a male senator since January 1993.  I think it would.be fine to pick a male.

Maybe we should focus on getting.a female governor.
 
2020-11-23 5:24:09 PM  
1 vote:

stpickrell: fragMasterFlash: I wonder if George Takei would accept being selected for that job? Perhaps governance isn't as much fun without Trump to kick around.

He's 83, so unfortunately his health may not permit it. A decade ago, (in Newsome's shoes) I'd have named him w/o question as he has no higher ambitions and has done wonders for Asian and gay rights.


Japanese 83 is the Caucasian 55, IMHO.
 
2020-11-23 5:21:54 PM  
1 vote:

fragMasterFlash: I wonder if George Takei would accept being selected for that job? Perhaps governance isn't as much fun without Trump to kick around.


He's 83, so unfortunately his health may not permit it. A decade ago, (in Newsome's shoes) I'd have named him w/o question as he has no higher ambitions and has done wonders for Asian and gay rights.
 
2020-11-23 5:21:31 PM  
1 vote:

Cyberluddite: Gavin Newsom thinks he's going to be elected President someday. [NARRATOR: "That will never happen."]  So much so, in fact, that he would've probably been just as happy to see Trump win this year so that he could run in 2024 with no Dem incumbent President, so now he knows he would probably have to wait until 2028 to run (and lose).  He will want to appoint someone to Harris's seat who he does not see as potential competition then. It would also be nice if he could appoint someone who would be good at being a Senator, but that's not really part of the equation for him or any other California politician.

Given that, the best choice would be Ted Lieu. He would be a great Senator, and because he was born in Taiwan he's ineligible to run for President. Of course, that will not happen because he's not female enough or dark-skinned enough to check enough of the "diversity" boxes, but he would be a good pick for Gavin.

A better pick would be Katie Porter, but Gavin would view her as potential competition, and she checks only one "diversity" box.


Have Katie take over for DiFi when she keels over or asked to retire.
 
2020-11-23 5:16:37 PM  
1 vote:
The best person would be Katie Porter. But apparently not diverse enough.
 
2020-11-23 5:15:50 PM  
1 vote:

Cyberluddite: A better pick would be Katie Porter, but Gavin would view her as potential competition, and she checks only one "diversity" box.


Gavin may get a second term as gov but I doubt he has the traction for anything beyond that. He had a shot at being a bold leader during the pandemic and went mushy. Unlike Cuomo he has not been able to sell and stick to tough measures.

The big problem with Porter is she reps Irvine. Pull her out and you risk the seat going Republican. Libby Schaaf and Xavier Becerra keep coming up. Becerra would be the party pick, if not selected for AG, since he shores up the CA Latino base.
 
2020-11-23 5:15:13 PM  
1 vote:

jaytkay: I look forward to hearing from Fark's fine people that only a white man can be selected, otherwise you're using race and gender qualifications.


Of course not!!! Governor Newsom can fill that seat with whomever he gets pressured into by the donors... maybe if he's lucky he can get a free dinner out of it somewhere.
 
2020-11-23 5:11:52 PM  
1 vote:

BeansNfranks: Can't we just get the best person, regardless of race or gender?

I get the point, but you'll do more damage than good this way.


That's not how woke works.
 
2020-11-23 5:05:38 PM  
1 vote:
We all know the only color that matters is green.
 
2020-11-23 11:54:09 AM  
1 vote:
Oh, sure, but when a fine, upstanding person like Lindsey Graham is begging a nice young man to fill his vacant seat, you LIB preverts think it's a bad thing!
 
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