“Doling out ambassadorships to supporters and contributors is nothing new,” a Los Angeles Times editorial noted in response to President Obama’s nomination of Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan. “But Obama is doubling down on the practice. The American Foreign Service Association reports that 56.1 percent of Obama’s second-term ambassadorial nominations have been political, compared with about 30 percent for recent administrations. Of the political nominees, at least half have had fundraising roles. So much for Obama’s promise that he would shake up the way things were done in Washington.”
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