I've never been a quota kind of guy. Big organizations are soul-deadening even in the best of straits. Compulsory race and gender scales can make a workplace downright poisonous.
And so, as my Thomas Jefferson Street colleague Bonnie has raged these past few weeks about the lack of female faces in the top ranks of the incoming administration, I was tempted to pick a fight with her. Diversity, thy name is Obama, I thought. Give him time. Hey, wasn't Hillary named secretary of state?
Wisely, I held off. Because when the final round of cabinet appointees was announced on Friday and we got a look at the whole lineup, I had to say, Bonnie was right.
Five women in the 22 top positions of government? This is the best the Democrats can do? For what, arguably, is their most important constituency?
Gimme a break. What a blunder.
I hope Obama's team has been vetting female legal scholars. By shortchanging gals in the executive branch, he's just ratcheted up the pressure to name a woman—maybe two or three women—to the U.S. Supreme Court.