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November 28, 2012 3:13 PM Honkified By Design

By Ed Kilgore

Those who have been breathlessly following all the intra-Republican discussions about diversifying the party’s appeal beyond white men should take note that all 19 House committee chairmanships announced for the next Congress were awarded to white men. There are two remaining chairs not yet announced, but since they both have no women or minority members on them, it’s reasonably safe to assume they’ll be occupied by white men as well.

That’s all the more remarkable because House Republicans have been for years less inclined to follow a strict seniority system in assigning chairmanships than Democrats. Indeed, the one woman chairing a committee in the present Congress—Ileana Ros-Lehtinen—is stepping down because of the GOP Caucus’ term limits on chairmanships.

So the unusually honkified cast of characters running the House in the next two years was chosen by design more than accident. Some outreach.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Equal Opportunity Cynic on November 28, 2012 3:19 PM:

    Well, yeah, but by nominating all these white men the GOP is bravely demonstrating that they'll stand up against affirmative action, which of course is the only REAL racial discrimination these days. Or something like that.

  • Ganlf on November 28, 2012 3:24 PM:

    They really don't have a lot of women ,blacks or hispanics to choose from to place on these committees do they?

  • c u n d gulag on November 28, 2012 3:29 PM:

    Hint to Republicans and Conservatives:
    Slapping women and minorities in the face, ain't exactly reaching out.

    Keep up the good work!

  • g on November 28, 2012 4:10 PM:

    Cluelessness or arrogance, you decide!

  • bluestatedon on November 28, 2012 5:03 PM:

    But...but... but... Benghazi!!!

  • Citizen Alan on November 28, 2012 5:22 PM:

    I can't even work up the energy to be outraged. "Party of bitter old white men appoints bitter old white me to all leadership positions. Film at 11."

  • cwolf on November 29, 2012 11:40 AM:

    So they even dissed crazy Michelle Bachmann and looney Virginia Fox.