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Placing race and gender over ideals and achievements

New York Democratic Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Queens the Queens borough of New York, after defeating Republican challenger Anthony Pappas in the race for the 14th Congressional district of New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

In the midterm elections, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives while focusing more on the ethnicity or gender of the new legislators than on their ideas or agendas.

The media prattle endlessly over the election of the first two Muslim women in Congress, or the first two Native American Women, one of whom is a Mixed Martial Arts fighter who’s also lesbian. This may be interesting, but race, gender and sexual orientation do no more to enhance qualifications than they do to detract from them. The addition of 30 new Democrats can make a big difference on how the House operates, but what changes by the presence or absence of one minority group or another?

One of the worst aspects of political correctness is this concentration on identity politics—who we are, rather than what we do, or where we hope to lead.

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