This site was created as a random place for me to put all my abstract nonsense. Then it became a blog about centering consensus as an approach to our current political moment. Now it has returned to its original self, what it was always meant to be.
If for some inexplicable reason, you’re curious about the political interlude… well, I’ve left it all out there for you. But I recommend neglect.
As son-in-law to the president-elect, Jared Kushner’s White House appointment has spurred an ongoing debate over whether or not it qualifies as nepotism in the strict legal sense. The statutes and precedents on this point are hazy at best, so this open discussion is perfectly valid, even necessary.
That said, even if it is not statutory nepotism, it is still actual nepotism. It was nepotism when the Clintons did it, and it’s nepotism now. Though it should be noted, at least Hillary’s appointment to the Health Care Task Force was extremely narrow in scope and focus. Kushner’s new post is ambiguous with a wide range of possible influence.
Given that the new administration has already established a pedigree for cronyism and pay for play, this is not a promising sign.