Sunday | January 19, 2003
Powell backs UM affirmative action plan
I know we went over this a couple of days ago, but why is Powell a Republican?
Powell, one of two black members of Bush's Cabinet, said he supports methods the University of Michigan uses to bolster minority enrollments in its undergraduate and law school programs. The policies offer points to minority applicants and set goals for minority admissions.Boy, he didn't hold back. Of course, there's no way in heck Bush could ever fire Powell without raising a shitstorm of epic proportions.
Rice was a little more diplomatic, while still making clear she supported affirmative action:
She said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that there are "problems" with the university's selection policies, and cited the points system.So Bush's two top African Americans have broken with Bush on the issue -- not exactly a ringing endorsement for Bush's race policies.
(Incidentally, Rice's comments are proof positive that she will NOT replace Cheney as VP candidate in 2004. The GOP base would never abide.)Posted January 19, 2003 04:56 PM | Comments (35)