A black woman as the nation's Secretary of State looks like social progress, so credit to President Bush. I sure hope it represents social progress, since the Supreme Court around 2007 if Sandra Day O'Connor or John Paul Stevens retires will likely outlaw affirmative action. (Remember Sandra Day O'Connor's 5-4 decision in 2003 narrowly upholding the University of Michigan's affirmative action program, saying that hopefully in 25 years the nation will have moved beyond race? If the Bush backers have their way, that estimate might be downgraded to four years when there is a new majority on the Court instead of 25 years. . . .