So after lots of hysteria about security breaches, Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigned today, to be replaced temporarily by Joseph Clancy, former director of the Service’s presidential detail.
I don’t know enough about the recent Secret Service “scandals” to know whether Pierson is being held accountable for poor management, or is being sacrificed to howling critics looking for a scapegoat.
But I do hope that in replacing her the administration takes some cognizance of the risk of replacing the first woman to head the Secret Service with a man, reinforcing all the stereotypes of “reliability” and “competence” in security matters. “Affirmative action” in the best and least controversial definition of that term means giving underrepresented communities a fighting chance for equal consideration, and I fear women will be overlooked in this particular job for a long time unless someone’s really trying.
You’d normally be concerned with the assumption that only a white man could return presidential security to “normal.” But then there is today’s WaPo PostEverything opinion piece by a former Secret Service agent proposing Allen West for the gig, for God’s sake.
I devoutly hope the frightening thought of Allen West in a position of any kind of authority does not prejudice the administration against qualified black men, either.