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  •  "ironic" isn't quite the right word (7+ / 0-)

    all of the above?

    •  "nepotism" and "dynasty" aren't the right words (2+ / 0-)
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      either.  Neither is accurate in describing the appointment and/or election of someone who is famous because they come from a famous political family.  It would only be nepotism if Bush or Clinton or Kennedy were appointing their own children or other relatives to these positions.  It would only be a dynasty if the positions were not elected.  We need a more precise vocabulary for these intersections of political power and familial celebrity.

      •  the distinction is not so fine (3+ / 0-)
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        in our political system, elections are facilitated through connections with local power-brokers, fundraisers, other elected officials - it is possible for an outsider candidate to overcome these, but extremely rare AND inherently requires money or celebrity (think Jesse Ventura in Minnesota) and often fails even when those conditions exist. So if a politician's relative is promoted for a position, that implies nepotism prior to the candidate having a realistic opportunity for election.

      •  In Murkowski case it was nepotism (0+ / 0-)

        Once she got in, being re-elected as a Republican is a shoe-in if you can beat off a republican challenger (e.g. Don Young) and/or aren't a convicted felon.

      •  Appointing their own children while calling (0+ / 0-)

        them nephews, if you want to get thoroughly etymological up in here.

        •  My point is not that actual nepotism is not (0+ / 0-)

          happening.  My point is that the Politico article is lumping together a variety of  behaviors and situations that are not the same--and, of course, ignoring the GOP versions of them.  Part of the problem is that we do not have linguistic distinctions that differentiate between situations like Murkowski's and those like Clinton's.  They are distinct, and I wish we had a language appropriate to make those distinctions.  I am not in any way disagreeing with the diary's main point, only with our language's poverty in this area.

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