word du jour: NEPOTISM

Before we go for the Merriam-Webster definition, let’s look at the Oxford Dictionary of Current English.  NEPOTISM:

1.  Favoritism shown to relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

ORIGIN:  Italian:  Nipote, “nephew”; referring to privileges given to the “nephews” of Popes, often their illegitimate sons.

Now, let’s hear what Merriam-Webster has to say:

1: favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship

Well, well, well…  does this ring any bells?  Could it be SATAN Palin?

Let’s see…  How could we possibly use NEPOTISM in a sentence???

The Wasilla City Council, with Sarah Palin, the future governor and vice-presidential nominee, at the center, in a 1998 photograph. Throughout her career, Ms. Palin has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and blurred the line between government and personal grievance.

The Wasilla City Council, with Sarah Palin, the future governor and vice-presidential nominee, at the center, in a 1998 photograph. Throughout her career, Ms. Palin has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and blurred the line between government and personal grievance.

Sarah Palin is guilty of NEPOTISM.

Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.   So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.  When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors.  Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.

And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the governor on the line, she said:  “You should be ashamed!” Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”   (read more on that story here.)

Yeah right…  Blogging is the only thing that’s keeping anything half way honest.

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