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  •  the distinction is not so fine (3+ / 0-)
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    bluesteel, Ready2fight, royce

    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.

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