I can see how this is an outcome of Hope—but how is this Change (except a hefty chunk of change)?
President Obama has nominated a top campaign bundler to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, following in a rich presidential tradition of granting diplomatic posts to big-dollar fundraisers.
The White House announced this past week that Maryland lawyer Timothy Broas would be nominated for the Dutch ambassadorship.
According to the Obama campaign, Broas has helped raise more than $500,000 for the 2012 reelection effort. By law, Broas cannot contribute all that money himself — so he, like other so-called “bundlers,” serves as a fundraising point person and collects money from others to donate to the campaign.
These bundlers are frequently rewarded with prestigious positions — in the administrations of President Obama as well as his predecessors. The Center for Responsive Politics estimated that Obama nominated two-dozen fundraisers to ambassador positions within his first year in office.
Broad is a lawyer with the Washington, D.C., firm Winston & Strawn, representing high-profile clients like UBS Securities and Papa John’s International.
Who should be more insulted, the guy who got Holland for his half a million dollars; or Holland, once a great world power, now sunk so low (get it?) as to have a cheap lawyer and campaign shill as its American ambassador?
Actually, given what we’ve learned the last few days about Dutch collaboration with the Nazis, a rich corporate lawyer for the sainted Obama and the most efficient deporters of Jews during the Holocaust (so said Eichmann) kind of deserve each other. Kudos, Obama!