Well, maybe if we can get all these “firsts” out of the way, we can go back to hiring and electing people based on their merit and qualifications. I personally would hate to be the first of a race, sex, orientation, etc. to “accomplish” something that was based entirely on the decision of the public at large because I would never really know if they selected because I was the best qualified or because I would be the first...know what I mean?
You got that right. Imagine if I were the first nerd to be elected mayor of a large city. Would it be because of intense lobbying and social pressure by the nerd/geek/dork community, or because of my merits? Who knows.
Could you please explain to me how Gene Locke was of greater merit or qualification than Mayor Elect Parker?