So much for “smart diplomacy”, unless we’re now defining the term to mean “diplomacy conducted by wealthy campaign contributors instead of experienced diplomats” .
I’m not saying here that our President is the first to pay off big contributors with ambassadorships. The practice of quid pro quo has a long and sordid history in government. Indeed, it is how Washington has managed to grow as large as it has today.
On the other hand, I distinctly remember the word “change” being bandied about as a central concept of this administration. This, whether you agree with the pratice or not, is not change. It’s the same old big-government cronyism we’ve seen out of Presidents in the past.
Maybe we should just call him President SSDD.