Saturday, December 17, 2005

Yesterday, outgoing Virginia Governor Mark Warner signed protections for gay state workers .

A skeptic might be moved to ask about the timing of this move. After all, there haven't been any recent reports of gay state workers being discriminated against. And if this is something that needed to be done, why did Warner decide to do it now, at the end of his single four year term? If he thought this was important, why deny gays protection for the better part of four years?

Could it have anything to do with his wanting to wait until after Tim Kaine, the Democrat running to replace Warner, had won election? And Warner didn't want to anything that might rile up what is, despite electing a Democratic Governor every now and then, is still basically a conservative state? Since Kaine was already taking some flak over claims his anti-death penalty views would keep him from letting murderers be executed, the last thing he needed in a close race was to have to answer questions about another relatively hot social issue...

And the Post, ever consistent with their view that one can legislate away all of the world's problems, gives credit for the increase in the number of black coaches in the NFL to the Rooney Rule, which obligates NFL owners to interview black candidates.

Once again, the Post misses reality because of their own myopic ridiculousness. For some reason, the Post (and others who have also jumped on this bandwagon) have thought the NFL owners, some of the most successful and competitive people on the planet, were willingly passing on superior talent (in the form of coaches who happened to be black) in order to hire lesser talented white coaches. The Post also missed drawing a connection between women rising in the business world and in politics to that of blacks rising up in the coaching ranks: that it takes time for talented people to fill the lower ranks and rise up through those ranks. Women and blacks were doing it, yet the Post stayed focused only on the number at the top, preferring to be critical, rather than looking at the pipeline and seeing that in relatively no time at all, that coaches who were black would be running teams... and doing quite well at it (with the exception of Dennis Green, who despite failing pretty much everywhere, still gets jobs... thanks, no doubt, to the Rooney Rule).