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To the Editor:

Democrats are regularly attacked, including by the Arizona Republic, for engaging in "identity politics." In contrast to the Republican Party, Democrats are made up of a diverse coalition including majorities (in some cases overwhelming majorities) of African Americans, Latinos, LGBT, Native Americans, immigrants and WOMEN.

This reminds me of about 60 to 70 years ago at the beginning of Major League Baseball integration. Those who embraced "diversity" had an incredible new talent pool to draw from.  The early adopters got the likes of Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.  Those who resisted got Pumpsie Green and Carlos Paula.

Political parties don't get to draft their members.  Everyone is a free agent and signs with the team of their choice.  When it comes to women - there is no doubt the Democrats attracted the top talent:  Compare Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and locally, Janet Napolitano to first string Republicans like Sarah Palin, Betsy Devos, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jan Brewer.

When you are the party that supports women's rights, civil rights and LGBT rights it's only natural that you attract people who "identify" with those issues, including a lot of untapped talent.

There is a deep  pool with a lot of hidden Willie Mayses percolating up in Democratic politics who will make their mark.  Republicans will be the Pumpsie Green  party for the foreseeable future.

 

Andrew March