The White House is apparently letting its Binders Full of Women gather dust as it searches for candidates to full President Obama’s top jobs.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today paid lip service to the notion of diversity in the highest echelons of Obamadom, and then scoffed that the president would simply choose the best people for the job.
The President values diversity, believes it’s important because it enhances the quality of the pool of potential nominees for positions across the administration. He believes that by looking broadly for candidates for offices that he ups the chances that he’ll find the very best person for the job . . . And he thinks that diversity enhances the process itself, the policy process, because it sort of increases the likelihood of a broader discussion potentially.
But the goal in the end is to find the very best individuals for these specific positions.
Wow. Sounds almost like President Obama suddenly is taking a turn to the right and embracing the concept of a merit-based society. Which would be fine, except that the Obama 2012 reelection outfit made the GOP War on Women a cornerstone of its campaign and led the guffaws when Mitt Romney said he was once searching for prospective female employees in “binders full of women.”
The Obama White House, which every reporter knows has always been a towel-whipping, foul-mouthed boys clubhouse, has remarkably few women in positions of real power, as I’ve noted. Now that Hillary’s out and Kerry’s in, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew looks like he’s the next act at Treasury, the top Cabinet posts are all reserved for the boys.
And for a president who hangs out with the guys not just at work but at play, that may be just how he likes it.