"I guess the significance when a … president appoints a minority to a Cabinet position is that he's trying to appeal to a specific group," said Stephen Wayne, political science professor at Georgetown University. "I don't know for sure, but one can imagine Karl Rove's hand on such an appointment."
Hey, professor: Maybe the significance, when the president appoints a minority to a Cabinet position, is that he's found a qualified person, who incidentally happens to be a minority, to hold a Cabinet position. I know Karl Rove is an evil mastermind and George Bush is an idiot, but maybe -- just maybe -- the president hasn't been manipulated into making important Cabinet-level appointments as a political sap to those easily-placated minority groups. Maybe -- just maybe -- our MBA president recognized a successful businessman whose vision he liked.
I would hope that the conspiracy theorists would start to fade by now, but as Rove himself pointed out (amiably, as I recall from watching) in an interview a couple of months ago, "[T]his town is build on myths and I’ve become a convenient myth." (Rove has generally acted amused by the media's and the left's characterizations of him.) Maybe Georgetown professors should stop feeding the myth, and give Gutierrez (and Bush) some credit.