‘Diversity more important than policy in DC’: Former Dem presidential candidate John Delaney baffles with head-scratching tweet
Delaney, who ran for president in 2020 but was a persistent non-presence in polling during the Democratic primary, posted the tweet on Friday morning.
“It is more important that Biden's cabinet is diverse than if it’s moderate or progressive,” Delaney, an avowed ‘moderate’ himself, tweeted.
In the former representative’s assessment, “very little” policy actually “gets done” in Washington, and cultural identities that politicians may represent are what is actually significant and important.
“When young people see leaders who look like them, they are inspired – that changes the world,” the 57-year-old multi-millionaire proclaimed.
His comments appear to be a thinly veiled response to former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders telling MSNBC that having a cabinet “that stands up and fights for working people” would be “more important” than having a diverse one.
For anyone who missed what this about: pic.twitter.com/EIkCml7UOP— HootHootBerns🌹🌺 (@HootHootBerns) December 18, 2020
The ex-Maryland congressman’s preference for seemingly more superficial issues was quickly ridiculed on social media. Commenters likened Delaney to parody of a modern Democrat, joking that his tweet could have been written for the satirical Onion magazine.
“You’re telling us the diverse faces of this administration are just tokens designed to ingratiate young people to the ruling class while ultimately changing nothing?” responded former Sanders’ organizer Jack Califano.
“I look like you and I’m not inspired,” joshed author Moshik Temkin.
“I'm welling up, thinking about all those young people being inspired to one day be useless & accomplish nothing,” quipped another commenter.
I like you, John, but no....— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) December 18, 2020
That is the thinnest possible veneer of identity politics over the corporate hostage-taking of our government that I’ve ever seen shellacked— What now? Class war. (@Playerinthgame) December 18, 2020
This could almost be an Onion headline— Vaush (@VaushV) December 18, 2020
I look like you and I’m not inspired— M Temkin (@moshik_temkin) December 18, 2020
Even those who agreed with Delaney’s assessment that seeing leaders “who look like them” is important still took issue with the tweet’s overall “insulting” premise that a diverse looking cabinet is just “window dressing.”
This comment is well intentioned but its an insult to the people being nominated. Youre suggesting that theyre window dressing.— Erline Andrews (@ErlineP) December 18, 2020
You're absolutely right and yet he's also right that people need to see themselves in the ppl that represent them & isn't that the function of window dressing , to let ppl see what they can get & inspire them to go get it especially those who already feel underrepresented— A Special Kinda Dotish (@blamefitz) December 18, 2020
After drawing political Twitter’s ire, Delaney opted to delete his tweet, replacing it with one saying that Biden’s cabinet being both “diverse” and “highly competent” was more important than it being progressive.
During the Democratic primary, Delaney remained one of the least popular candidates in the field, despite some profile-raising clashes with progressive stars like Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) on the debate stage.
One such clash in 2019 cemented Delaney’s reputation as a conservative Democrat, when Warren responded to one of his many calls for moderation by saying: “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”Also on rt.com Biden’s defense secretary pick Austin challenges US civil-military balance at a time when it’s crucial to preserve it
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