I suppose I can tell this story...when I was a grad student, I had a long-running disagreement with a professor about the reasons for Bill Clinton's extremely spotty record on executive branch and White House appointments. His position was that it was a consequence of affirmative action: when you decide that you're going to appoint a woman as attorney general, then odds are you may wind up with a Janet Reno. Not because women are worse (for example, he was a big fan of Zoe Baird), but because when you restrict the pool, you can wind up reaching.
My position was that Bill Clinton just had absolutely terrible people judgement. Odd, because you would think that someone with (by all accounts) great political people skills wouldn't have that problem, but...well, I wound up collecting examples of Bill Clinton's dud white male choices. Les Aspin. Bernard Nussbaum. Sorry, but: Vince Foster probably wasn't the smartest choice. The big, consequential ones: Mack McLarty and Ira Magaziner.
And, for comic relief: Dick Morris. And, as Jonathan Chait reminds us: Mark Penn and Lanny Davis.
Now, Clinton did have a number of excellent personnel choices, including not only some Anglo men (Leon Panetta, Gene Sperling, Bruce Babbitt) but also plenty who were part of his "looks like America" agenda (including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as well as Bill Richardson, Alice Rivlin, and Carol Browner, and several others). And there were other reasons for some of his poor choices. But all told, I'd say it was a weakness of his presidency, and a big part of why he got off to such a slow start in 1993-1994. The guy just wasn't very good at that part of the job.