The RNC’s Version Of Affirmative Action

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 29 2012 @ 4:44pm

Alex Altman calls last night a "diversity pageant":

Mia Love is not a household name. But ask any savvy Republican here, and they’ll tell you the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, is one of the party’s political phenoms. Love, 37, is a congressional candidate for Utah’s 4th district. More importantly, she’s a black Mormon with sterling Tea Party credentials. This is the sort of improbable resume that earns you a coveted speaking slot on the convention’s first night — even when you’re down by double digits in one of the most conservative states in the U.S.

Weigel adds:

This is a pretty obvious point, but when the GOP finds a nonwhite politician with any natural talent, the politician is made up and shoved onstage within five minutes. I mean, Michael Steele got a prime-time speech in 2008 when he was just the former LG of Maryland.