August 2, 2001 12:09 PM   Subscribe

Nepotism as a family tradition. (NY Times link)
posted by mmm (6 comments total)
I have this image of Ari Fleischer that doesn't really fit into my new image of the White House staff perpetrated by West Wing. The problem is, I see him looking like an actor (beautiful people...) and then saying these asinine things that are so obviously spin control that I just don't even no what to do about it. I'm in a tizzy...

Most egregious example: "In the past three administrations, there has been a very long-standing, bipartisan tradition of nominees who are named prior to the August recess being confirmed in that first year of their presidency." Now let's ignore the gramatical calamity of this sentence for moment (maybe he was quoted out of context... maybe he's a fool... who can tell), and examine what he's trying to say. Its as if he wants us to believe that the other politicians don't need to think about what they are doing, just confirm them and we'll all be a happy family and everyone will smile tra-la-la... God, in case you couldn't tell, the administration has been driving me to drink in a serious way!
posted by bob bisquick at 1:00 PM on August 2, 2001

Strom Thurmond Jr? How old is he, 78?
posted by solistrato at 1:22 PM on August 2, 2001

nope, he's 28...
posted by heighting at 1:40 PM on August 2, 2001

posted by bob bisquick at 1:52 PM on August 2, 2001

First aristocracy and oligarchy practice nepotism.
Next they practice inbreeding like true blue bloods.
Or is it the other way around?

No matter. The message is the same. Socioeconomic stratification. Your poor ass isn't good enough to be pResident. Damn razorback trailer park trash! Leave the leadership to us folk born to rule. The Scaifes, the Bushes, the rich.
posted by nofundy at 6:27 AM on August 3, 2001

And let's not forget the plantation owners.
posted by nofundy at 6:29 AM on August 3, 2001

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