Sunday, September 17, 2023

Full Employment For Friends And Family

This isn’t in response to anything in particular, but one thing I failed to understand when I was younger was just how much a long political career is a a way to set up your extended network for life.  

This is especially true if you manage to hitch yourself to the right presidential candidate (this doesn't require being elected, and is even an opportunity for journalists), but also true for every single member of Congress.

It isn't quite corruption, necessarily, but it is hardly the purity of the noble calling of public service.  It is also helpful to see choices and alliances as less about ideology (sometimes) than strategic positioning.