Reviewing the Bidding

So, let me see if I have this straight.

Leon Panetta—a man—is going to leave his position as Secretary of Defense. Barack Obama wants him to be replaced by Chuck Hagel—a man.

Michael Morell—a man—is going to leave his position as acting Director of Central Intelligence. Barack Obama wants him to be replaced by John Brennan—a man.

Hillary Clinton—a woman—is going to leave her position as Secretary of State. Barack Obama wants her to be replaced by John Kerry—a man.

Timothy Geithner—a man—is going to leave his position as Secretary of the Treasury. Barack Obama wants him to be replaced by Jack Lew—a man.

Since making Jack Lew—a man—the Secretary of the Treasury would require him to leave his current position as White House Chief of Staff, Barack Obama will have to nominate someone else for that position. According to the New York Times, the choice is down to Ronald Klain and Denis McDonough—both men. The Times further notes the following:

What is striking, especially at a time when Mr. Obama has come under criticism for the scarcity of women among his top officials, is that both the deputy chiefs of staff to Mr. Lew are well-regarded women and neither seems to have been considered for promotion.

More here. Don’t look now, but when it comes to personnel choices in the Obama administration, there appears to be some kind of war on women going on. I wonder—as others have—if at some point, the president is going to issue a call for binders.

  1. EJHill

    You remind me of a man…

  2. GadgetGal

    Why is anyone surprised by this?

  3. Nanda Panjandrum

    Touche, Pejman…

  4. Paul Erickson

    Mitt have any binders left over?

  5. Last Outpost on the Right

    The interpretation of these events is absolutely and completely correct.

    Unfortunately, the vast, vast, vast majority of American voters could not possibly care less.

  6. Dave Carter
    C

    As far as the women who were not selected are concerned, my understanding of the prevailing sentiment is that so long as the rest of us finance their reproductive activities, there cannot possibly be a war on women.  And if there is, Father of the Year Bill Clinton will offer them solace.  

  7. WI Con

    Allegedly men.

     

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  8. Fricosis Guy

    Even Ace Ventura eventually figured it out:

    Einhorn is Finkle!  Finkle is Einhorn!  Einhorn is a man!

    Oh my G_d… Einhorn is a man!

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  9. Olive

    As hypocritical as his actions are, I still don’t believe in putting women in powerful positions just because they’re women. 

  10. Olive
    Dave Carter: As far as the women who were not selected are concerned, my understanding of the prevailing sentiment is that so long as the rest of us finance their reproductive activities, there cannot possibly be a war on women.  And if there is, Father of the Year Bill Clinton will offer them solace.   · 52 minutes ago

    LOL

  11. KC Mulville

    Valerie Jarrett’s just covering her tracks. Who needs a title when you can pull the marionette strings?

  12. TheSophist

    I still think Glenn Reynolds had the perfect commentary on this:

    “Hey, he gave you chicks free birth control. That’s what you wanted, right? Stuff for your vaginas. These jobs aren’t about vaginas. And it’s all about the vaginas.

    I LOL’ed at that.

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