President Obama recently announced Loretta Lynch as his nomination to replace the soon-to-be former Attorney General, Eric Holder

Sam Leanza, a student at Concordia University, takes a look at the nominee and the why she is being selected now, when her background shows her to be a potentially better fit that Eric Holder was to begin with.

….Eric Holder was a good starter for the Obama Administration because he pushed the big policy points and made the sort of ideological moves that fulfilled certain goals. Now, that he is essentially a disgrace, Ms. Lynch is a safe choice to make it through the Senate proceedings, which will prove to be a tougher sell, given that the Republicans gained the majority in the recent midterm elections. She has already passed through two Republican Senates, meaning she is respected enough on both sides of the aisle, and her race and gender are undoubtedly factors in this reasoning as well. In this day and age, it is political suicide to appear to grill someone who is a minority in any respect, whether that be race, gender, sexual orientation.

With this logic, it appears that Loretta Lynch is a shoe-in. If the Republicans do not approve her nomination, they will have ruined the potentiality of the first African American female Attorney General. Of course, this would not likely be their intent if they chose not to approve her. She might not make it through because she is openly liberal, or they deem her to be too heavily influenced by personal agendas. These have been valid reasons for approval hearings to reject nominees, but these sound far too reasonable.

This circumstance points out one of the many pervasive issues with the United States’ current political environment. A hard-working African American woman, whose qualifications seem to be fit for the job, is being analyzed as someone who fits the casting call for a female of a racial minority. The irony here is astounding, for those on the left tend to “cry wolf” at racial discrimination, but here lies a classic example of playing the race card to further an agenda. It has been a theme in politics since the civil rights era, if not earlier, and it looks like it’s here to stay.