Does Rice’s fall make a Hagel nomination less likely?
posted at 11:01 am on December 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
With Susan Rice tossed aside for the Secretary of State opening, The Hill reported on Sunday that Barack Obama might come under more pressure to find women for Cabinet openings. That may mean that Chuck Hagel won’t get a seat at the table:
Susan Rice’s decision to drop her bid for secretary of State could give other women a second look at senior positions in President Obama’s second term cabinet.
The president is likely to want a cabinet that reflects the country’s diversity and is made up of more than just white men, who appear to be the frontrunners for the top jobs at the Pentagon, State and Treasury.
The decision by Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations to avoid a confirmation battle with Senate Republicans could prompt the White House to take a second look at officials such as former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, who has been mentioned as a candidate to be the first female secretary of Defense.
That thought occurred to me as well. Hagel’s nomination won’t win him many accolades for bipartisanship, and the objections over some of Hagel’s past comments from Jewish Democrats might make his confirmation unexpectedly bumpy. Why not choose Flournoy and get credit for a little bit of history at the same time?