I’ve often thought that affirmative action recruiting is just good business sense, and the Democratic Party is showing why it’s a good idea. I don’t know how I managed to miss this, as it’s almost a month old, now, but the DNC has created a registry of minority owned and operated political consulting firms.
Man, this is brilliant.
And I don’t say this because of the whole blah blah blah more voices blah blah blah diversity blah blah blah Wax Ecstatic Distribution Curve of Lefty Sunshine Love blah blah blah anything with the word “minority” is autogood blah blah blah thing, although I suppose that there’s a lot of that to consider, too. (Sorry, Ali, I just cannot stand the self-righteousness of most such things. ;->)
This is smart for reasons beyond any of that. Here’s why I think so.
1. People who are up and coming, and trying to get established, work harder. The DNC is pretty much putting together a list of people who are willing to go the extra mile and a half in order to get a good reputation. Good on them.
2. This will bring huge market forces to bear upon the world of political consulting. Currently, there are way too few firms who do the bulk of business with Democrats. It’s the same old warhorses drawn out over and over again, and frankly, it hasn’t done much good. Bob Shrum, anyone? BLECH. Bringing all kinds of new competitors into the mix can only shake things up and make the competition better.