The South may have inched toward Democrats in November, but that progress isn’t showing in President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet selections. Obama hasn’t nominated a single Southerner among his 15 Cabinet secretaries. So far, Obama’s only pick from the region is a borderline Southerner in a relatively low-profile position: former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk for U.S. trade representative.
The disparity isn’t an accident — critics already are calling it a snub — and that perception could slow the pace of recent electoral gains Democrats have made below the Mason-Dixon line.
“Southerners need not apply,” said Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. “It’s hard to believe that there wasn’t anybody qualified for something from the South.”
Watch this video of Jack Kingston:
Finding qualified southerners must be harder than anyone thought if this is the kind of clown they are choosing to send to Congress.