Guess how many House Committee Chairs will be white men this year


44 Responses to “Guess how many House Committee Chairs will be white men this year”

  1. spacedoggy says:

    Who are all the non white people and women voting for?

  2. Russ McClay says:

    Probably about the same percentage of white men who founded the United States. 

  3. addalled says:

    Blame the Democrats. They replaced a black Republican in Florida with an old white guy. They also defeated a Republican woman of color in Utah with an old white guy.

    • Gideon Jones says:

      Chairmanships are generally assigned by seniority.  Neither of those people had, or would have had a shot.  And the GOP house has essentially no long-serving women or minorities with any sort of clout.

    • unclemike says:

      Blame the Democrats for what the Republicans do in the House? Seriously?

      • Boundegar says:

        Didn’t you get the memo?  Democrats are to blame for every bad thing.  Bush bailed out Wall Street in Obama’s 2008 Liberal Power Grab, for example.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        It’s called a “strategy”. Can you say “strategy”?

        Edit – this wasn’t meant to be insulting to unclemike but to the millions of fucking idiots who fall for it.

    • millie fink says:

      Blame the Democrats. They replaced a black Republican in Florida with an old white guy. They also defeated a Republican woman of color in Utah with an old white guy.

      They were both hard-right crazies. So blame the Tea Party, and its ilk.

    • Navin_Johnson says:

        “a black lunatic in Florida”


  4. chgoliz says:

    Now don’t blame the Republicans.  They’re still in the post-election debriefing mode, trying to determine what went wrong with their message. If only they could figure out how to convince people that they’ve learned what needs to be changed in how they conduct politics.  The lessons are there, if only they could decode them.

  5. Sagodjur says:

    I think we can be more specific and note that it is old, wealthy white men.

    • millie fink says:

      Why? Cuz that would let you off the hook?

      • Sagodjur says:

        I didn’t know I was on the hook. Please elaborate.

        • millie fink says:

          With great power comes great responsibility, etc.

          • Sagodjur says:

            I agree, but I’m not Spider-Man. Please elaborate on what actual power I have and how exactly you know that I personally have such power and the opportunity to use it.

          • millie fink says:

            If you’re a white man (or a non-white man, or a white woman) and you can’t see how relatively empowered certain social categories automatically make you, there’s nothing I can do towards your edification in the space of a comment thread.

          • Sagodjur says:

            People are individuals. You can’t logically attribute characteristics to them based on perceived membership in arbitrarily defined groups.

            Money is power. I have (relatively) no money. Political influence is power. I have no actual political influence. Organization is power. I’m introverted, generally asocial, and don’t have time for activism. Violence can be power. I’m a pacifist.

            Social change requires asserting leverage to force those in power to comply with the wishes of those pushing for change. I have no leverage.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            To be clear, you choose to have no leverage by eschewing every manifestation of it.

          • Benjamin Terry says:

            If anything, the internet has taught me that it is always your fault, based on your gender and skin color and the implications thereof   What gender or skin color that is varies depending on the site, however.

        • Ashley Yakeley says:

          It’s perfectly simple. Most powerful people are white men, therefore most white men are powerful people.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            When you put it like that it…… well, it doesn’t actually make sense, but it has a sort of lopsided false symmetry.

  6. CLamb says:

    How wasteful.  Inanimate chairs would be much cheaper and likely make for more comfortable seating also.  Even a fine well-padded oaken chair would require much less maintenance than a white male.

  7. Brainspore says:

    Quick, someone alert Bill O’Reilly that “traditional America” is still alive and well!

  8. Petzl says:

    And Rush Limbaugh wonders why we beat up white people on buses so much.

  9. kiptw says:

    Clearly, someone wants a Congress that looks like 1954.

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