January 10, 2013


Obama Bungles Second Term Transition

First Read: "The second-term cabinet shuffle has been an unforced error so far. (The reason why the White House is receiving criticism for a lack of diversity is that it has nominated three consecutive white men for cabinet posts -- John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and today Jack Lew -- but without a high-profile woman or minority thrown into the mix. And that doesn't include John Brennan at CIA and a likely white male to be the next White House chief of staff.) Indeed, you could argue that the Romney folks thought a lot more about staffing a Romney administration over the next four years than Team Obama did about a second-term administration."

"In fairness to the White House, its top officials were so focused on the fiscal-cliff talks in the past two months. What's more, this kind of disorganization isn't unusual for a second term, especially after winning a hard-fought race for re-election. And finally, it's a process story. At the end of the day, it's likely that Obama's second-term cabinet will have plenty of diversity and top-notch names. But the process hasn't been pretty. Question for the White House: Why didn't it have a second-term transition director? Someone whose full-time job was to keep an eye on the optics of how and when to announce, on the leaks etc.?"

But Jill Lawrence says "a confluence of factors is making the frat-house syndrome seem worse than it is."

Newser: Maybe Obama needs a binder full of women?










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