GOP DIVERSITY…. Granted, it’s inside-pool, but the Senate Republican caucus announced its Whip team the other day, and Minority Whip Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) boast about its members struck me as odd.

Kyl, as Minority Whip, is the #2 person in the Republican leadership, and he introduced Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) as his Chief Deputy Whip. The other Deputy Whips are Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Olympia Snowe (Maine), and David Vitter (La.).

Kyl couldn’t be more pleased.

“I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the whip team I’ve assembled. Not only do the members represent the diversity within the Republican Conference, but each brings critical skills that will help our leadership develop the successful strategies needed for the session ahead,” Kyl said in a statement.

Hmm. The Senate Republican Whip team has seven members. Six of the seven are staunch conservative white men, and four of the seven are staunch conservative white men from the Deep South.

This “represents the diversity within the Republican Conference”? Come to think of it, I suppose it does.

Steve Benen

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