Roberts nomination betrays women?

Is the Roberts nomination more than just a shitty choice? Is it a betrayal?

Ruben Navarrette Jr. at the San Diego Union-Tribune says
that women and minorities have the right to feel “sucker-punched” by Roberts’ nomination:
Not because President Bush, in selecting a replacement for the retiring Sandra Day O’Connor, didn’t nominate a woman or a minority, but because of the giddy response to the nomination by conservatives and some members of the media. People are acting as if, after years of trying to diversify once all-white and all-male institutions, the Holy Grail of meritocracy has been restored.
It used to be that we waited until a Supreme Court nominee faced off with senators before discussing his or her views on affirmative action. Now, it’s the physical characteristics of the nominee that prompt us to discuss our own view of affirmative action.
New York Times columnist David Brooks commended Bush for moving beyond the “tokenism of identity politics.” In an op-ed article for the Los Angeles Times, a contributor insisted Bush sent women and minorities a message by nominating a “garden-variety” white male: There are no set-asides on the high court. And a caller to “The Rush Limbaugh Show” gushed that what he liked most about the Roberts nomination was that Bush withstood the pressure — even from his own wife, Laura, who said she hoped he would choose a woman — and he had just picked “the most qualified person he could find.” I’m hearing that line over and over again from pundits and television commentators.
This whole line of thinking is offensive…

I tend to agree. The collective sigh of relief from far right organizations over the nomination did seem to be followed by a scary enthusiasm that had nothing to with Roberts’ record.
Navarrette goes on about the nomination being nothing less than a betrayal, noting that women and minorities “still have to put up with the fact that the next time they work their way into a plum assignment or achieve some great personal goal, it might just be chalked up to affirmative action or tokenism or identity politics.
Any thoughts?

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