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L: Nikki Haley speaks to the S.C. Republican party in Columbia, S.C. on June 23, 2010. (Photo: Brett Flashnick / AP Photo) R: Bobby Jindal speaks to the media on the drilling moratorium in New Orleans on July 8, 2010. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images) In today’s Republican Party, racial barriers may be falling, but religious barriers are alive and well. Just ask Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley. Peter Beinart on the GOP’s phony diversity.
The GOP has a new rallying cry: Diversity! After years of insisting that one shouldn’t judge candidates by their race, ethnicity and gender, Republicans are crowing that they have candidates of various races, ethnicities and genders. In addition to Bobby Jindal, the Indian-American governor of Louisiana, the GOP has selected Nikki Haley, another South Asian, as its gubernatorial candidate in South Carolina. In Florida, Cuban-American Republican Marco Rubio is running for the senate. And in California, the GOP’s nominees for governor and Senate are both women. Now Republicans can have it both ways: They can congratulate themselves for their race and gender diversity while simultaneously congratulating themselves for not caring about race and gender diversity. As the conservative columnist Noemie Emery recently declared, “Diversity has struck the Republican Party, but to the parties it means different things. Democrats see it as an end in itself…Republicans see it as the means to an end, i.e., more good candidates…Democrats organize themselves by identity interests; Republicans by ideology.”Advertisements