Ed Morrissey @ Hot Air:
Can you guess what it is? Remember, this is the administration of Hope and Change … and diversity:
President Obama brought his top Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency chiefs together Monday with their potential replacements, and some critics noticed one thing that stood out: Each of them was a white man.
Obama, who made women’s issues a core of his reelection bid, has nominated men to serve in three of his most prominent national security positions, including secretary of state, where Sen. John F. Kerry (D) was named last month to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton. The president on Monday announced former senator Chuck Hagel for the defense job and counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan to head the CIA. …
The pattern is particularly striking for a president who was elected with majority support from women and racial minorities and focused heavily during his reelection campaign on women’s health concerns and equal pay in the workplace. Obama won 55 percent of the female vote to Republican rival Mitt Romney’s 44 percent.
Second look at “binders full of women“? Mitt Romney got roasted for that turn of phrase, which was amazing in itself, since it was a pretty clear example of his demand for diversity in his gubernatorial Cabinet (which ended up with 50% women). Team Obama ran ads in the final week of the election hammering Romney on this phrase, claiming it demonstrated his inability to relate to women despite his track record in Massachusetts.
That’s why this article from the Washington Post is worth noting. It’s not that I particularly care for identity politics, but that was the game imposed by Obama and the media just a couple of months ago, so … goose, gander, sauce, some assembly required. Normally I’d be much more inclined to agree with Jay Carney on this point: