To the Editor:
Norman Podhoretz, in his “Comes the Counterrevolution” [January], is correct to include “making appointments on the basis of race and gender” as part of Clinton’s first mistake. Among these appointments was the person Mr. Podhoretz calls Clinton’s “overbearing wife.” Hillary Clinton was given an office and a White House job—in order to empower women. She symbolizes an idea: affirmative action. Affirmative action does not allow us to forget our identities, which must be considered whenever we apply for a job or a school. We have thus been divided into categories defined by law.
The law, as it happens, was never enacted by Congress. The Supreme Court, in its Bakke decision, ruled affirmative action simultaneously constitutional and unconstitutional. The issue has never been debated in a national election. Affirmative action has poisoned politics in America by turning us all into enemies, yet it itself remains outside the process.
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