By Ezra Klein
When it comes to gender diversity, at least, the Obama administration's second to Clinton's -- and a distant second, at that.
After promising in 2008 to bring about a new era of cooperation in Washington, Obama is campaigning in 2012 knowing that, if reelected, he will start his second term with a brutal, economy-shaking showdown with Republicans over spending and taxes.
The tough question is the one that comes next: Assume the Obama administration had perfect foresight in 2009. What could they have done differently, and how much would it have mattered?
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