Word is trickling out from the White House that the great mentioning of names to succeed outgoing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs includes several women because new Chief of Staff William Daley would like to see a woman in the job.
That's all well and good -- there are several Democratic women with the chops for the job, and it could be good politics heading into an election cycle in which the White House could have to rely even more heavily on female voters -- but why is it necessary to say so?
It's been 17 years since DeeDee Myers broke the gender-barrier at the White House podium as press secretary for Bill Clinton. Should the next press secretary also be a woman, one would hope the word the White House would want to put out is that they picked her because she was the person with the most experience doing the sort of day-in and day-out high-profile work the job requires, not because they were specifically seeking someone of her gender.
Unless, of course, this is just the political equivalent of complying with the Rooney Rule in the NFL, which dictates that at least one minority candidate must be considered when new head coaches are selected (in this case, replace "minority" with "female").