The Washington Post reports:
The White House is poised this week to announce a handful of Cabinet nominees, most of whom have a few things in common: they all seem like perfectly qualified, distinguished folks. . . and they’re all white men.
President Obama’s picks, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for secretary of state, former senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of defense and John Brennan for CIA director, mean that the number of positions that could be filled by women or minorities is dwindling. That’s causing some concern among those who’d hoped to see diversity in the cabinet remain at its historic levels or even increase.
“It’s evident that he’s going to have a less diverse cabinet this term, possibly even less diverse than the George W. Bush cabinet,” says NYU professor Paul Light, who studies political appointments.
The replacement of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — not with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice (a black woman and Obama’s first choice for the job), but with Kerry, and the possible replacement of Secretary of Energy Steven Chu with a white man, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, would mean a net loss of minorities and women.