I’m not sure “nepotee” is a word, but if it’s not, I claim credit for coining it. The alternative was “beneficiaries of nepotistic largesse,” which was gonna overrun the bounds of my title box.
So anyway, this morning I was reading Glenn Greenwald’s latest column, “It’s Time to Embrace American Royalty,” occasioned by NBC hiring Dubya’s daughter Jenna as a news reporter, and his links led me back to an older post, where Greenwald counted 15 Senators who had benefited from nepotistic succession.
Note that we’ve now got 17 female Senators, an all-time high. But when you consider that women make up over 50 percent of the population, it would make sense to pick one’s husband wisely if one hoped to become a Lady Senator. Merit, schmerit. (Oh, and gentlemen? You might want to choose the right daddy, thought that’s a bit trickier, I know.)
If I sound extra cynical today, it’s because I’m pissed off and discouraged. I spent half the morning dealing with an irksome legal problem with a superdouche contractor who failed to finish a job, then put a lien on our house; we should prevail because he never served us, being a rather unbright douchebag, but it’s still a nuisance, and it’s going to cost us some money in legal fees. Then, by late afternoon my children, tired from the transition back to school, were beastly to me while I tried to cook dinner even though the menu totally pandered to them! In between I made some pdf documents for my fall classes. To alleviate the drudgery, I switched the TV on. MSNBC: Michael Jackson’s death. CNN: The ordeal of Jaycee Lee Dugard. Fox: Ditto, plus Cheney defending torture. It’s depressing when only Fox is providing some semblance of political news.
Honestly, I was so down, I had nothing to say. I would’ve taken the day off blogging except for a cheering conversation with my friend (and occasional commenter, Hydraargyrum) about the use of vast vats of pork lard in making pancakes. (No, either of us actually does this.) If you think I’m bleak now, you should’ve seen me two hours ago, before the big pork lard LOL.