Will Hurdís retirement reminds us of the GOPís diversity problem
Out of the nearly 300 elected Republican officials at the highest level of government ó governors, senators, congressmen ó only about a dozen are nonwhite. And with Hurdís exit, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will be the sole black Republican in Congress.
Is this a symptom or cause? 4% of GOP office holders are non- white, but 40% of voters are. Will Hurd, while I disagreed with him on many issues, was one of the few remaining rationalists in the GOP. He was willing to fraternize with Democrats and seek compromises and common ground. No wonder he can't stay in Congress.
A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.
Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich