Luke Visconti is the founder and CEO of DiversityInc. Although the title of his column is meant to be humorous, the issues he addresses and the answers he gives to questions are serious—and based on his 16 years of experience publishing DiversityInc. Click here to send your own question to Luke.
“Daring” to make a nomination for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Barack Obama was put in his place by Senate Majority Leader McConnell who said “let the people decide” before Scalia’s body was even room temperature — ignoring the fact that the people have spoken twice to elect the president, and the president had almost a full year left in office when Justice Scalia passed.
Senate Republicans are refusing to hold even courtesy hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, a judge praised in the recent past by many Republicans, including Senator Orrin Hatch.
Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Chuck Grassley and other Republican leaders have echoed the sentiments that we must wait for the next election and “let the people decide.”
Apparently they didn’t learn any lessons from the beating Gov. Mitt Romney took almost four years ago and none have read the best-selling book “Brown is the New White” by Steve Phillips, who describes the new majority of progressive whites and non-white voters. Every executive, and person who desires to become one, should read it.
The demographic shift described by Phillips also describes the majority of people in the workforce and most of your customers.
If my headline made you squirm a little, keep in mind that every time someone of my generation blurts out “wisdom” from the Senate leader in the workplace or to your customers, storm clouds gather. For every Trump bumper sticker in the parking lot, productivity declines.
The mistake that the Republican Party made last summer, when they refused to eject Trump from the party, is being doubled-down by party leaders who, when asked about Trump, say they will back the nominee, who demographics tell us will almost certainly go on to lose in the general election. It’s Hillary’s to lose, which means it’s not a sure thing.
Senator McConnell’s recalcitrant bigotry, however, makes sure that people understand that Trump is not an anomaly — he is the perfect candidate for the times — a personification of the crescendo of hate from the party of the Southern strategy. Here’s the problem for them — the time for that approach being successful has ended.