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.

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  1. Profile photo of EJHill Member

    You remind me of a man…

    • #1
    • January 16, 2013 at 1:36 am
  2. Profile photo of GadgetGal Member

    Why is anyone surprised by this?

    • #2
    • January 16, 2013 at 1:38 am
  3. Profile photo of Nanda Panjandrum Inactive
    Nanda Panjandrum

    Touche, Pejman…

    • #3
    • January 16, 2013 at 1:41 am
  4. Profile photo of Paul Erickson Member

    Mitt have any binders left over?

    • #4
    • January 16, 2013 at 1:41 am
  5. Profile photo of Last Outpost on the Right Thatcher

    The interpretation of these events is absolutely and completely correct.

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

    • #5
    • January 16, 2013 at 2:13 am
  6. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor

    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.

    • #6
    • January 16, 2013 at 2:19 am
  7. Profile photo of WI Con Member

    Allegedly men.

     

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    • #7
    • January 16, 2013 at 2:49 am
  8. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    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!

    Ace.png

    • #8
    • January 16, 2013 at 3:05 am
  9. Profile photo of Olive Member

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

    • #9
    • January 16, 2013 at 3:10 am
  10. Profile photo of Olive Member
    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

    • #10
    • January 16, 2013 at 3:12 am
  11. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

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

    • #11
    • January 16, 2013 at 3:57 am
  12. Profile photo of TheSophist Inactive

    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.

    • #12
    • January 16, 2013 at 5:59 am