When President Obama named Merrick Garland as his nominee to replace influential racist Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, it's likely the last thing he concerned himself with was whether his choice would appeal to identity politics-obsessed millennial Tumblr-users. Not only was his choice about to face unprecedented, unconscionable obstruction from Republicans in the Senate, his choice was specifically designed to be the kind of person those same Republicans typically wouldn't be able to say no to. The goal was to embarrass them and Obama played his hand perfectly.
Still, the aforementioned identity politics-obsessed millennial Tumblr-users responded as you'd expect, given that the President of the United States hadn't consulted them before making his decision and had therefore offended their fragile sensibilities by going with a white guy. If you couldn't see this reaction coming, you obviously don't have a broadband hookup or a smart phone and haven't had one for the past maybe three or four years. It doesn't matter that Obama has, by his own admission during a news conference yesterday, "transformed the federal courts from a diversity standpoint." Nor does it matter that Obama's past two Supreme Court appointments were women. All that matters is that this particular appointment wasn't in any way "diverse" and was just a plain old boring white man.
But President Obama is in his last year in office and as you know officially ran out of fucks to give about six months or so ago. He finally figured out that he's never going to please everybody, particularly not people perpetually on the lookout for something to be angry about, whether on the right or the left. So that's why, when asked about Garland and the diversity question during that aforementioned news conference, he gave an answer that was so awesome and dismissive that it could've come from Bill Maher rather than the President of the United States. Defending his choice, he said, “At no point did I say, ‘You know what? I need a black lesbian from Skokie in that slot. Can you find me one?'” Somebody give that man a mic to drop.
President Obama went on to point out the obvious about Garland and why he chose him, saying, “Yeah, he’s a white guy, but he’s a really outstanding jurist, sorry. You know, I think that’s important.” Needless to say, it is important. It's the most important factor in the decision to nominate a Supreme Court justice. Also, in this rare instance, Merrick Garland's white guy-ness works perfectly for the game Obama is having to play with the not-at-all-outstanding, in fact utterly worthless white guys in the Republican Senate. It's really depressing, though, that so many on the left are as insufferably uncompromising and impossible to please as those on the right -- and that they're so lacking in self-awareness that they're willing to remind us all of that in such a blatantly obvious way.
Regardless, this kind of crap is why President Obama just doesn't give a fuck anymore.