President Joe Biden has made his very first judicial pick, Regina Rodriguez, to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for Colorado.
Rodriguez has the proper pedigree and melanin required for backing by such Democrats as U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, who encouraged Biden to nominate her.
Her father is of Mexican descent. Her mother’s family, of Japanese descent, was interred during WWII.
She was previously nominated by former President Obama, but her confirmation was blocked by those evil Republican senators.
She’s the Democrat’s dream candidate.
So why are progressives opposing her nomination?
Because she’s a corporate lawyer who collects a paycheck from the wrong sort of clients that have yet to signal their virtue to the left’s liking.
Rodriquez is now suspect of failing to hold the same biases and outrages as progressives, and since she does not think exactly like them, she doesn’t fit their idea of diverse.
From the Daily Beast:
Because she’s now a partner in a major corporate law firm, Wilmer Hale, that on its website cites its close relationship with regulated industries. And in 2006 she represented McDonald’s in an anti-discrimination lawsuit.
So now, in the battle for the soul of the judiciary after four years of Donald Trump, Rodriguez, even with her compelling story and stellar pro bono community work, is an early example of the new litmus-test politics of the left.
No corporate lawyers need apply.
This might get tricky for Bennet.
His support of Rodriquez may come back to haunt him in his upcoming reelection campaign.