When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went on The Daily Show back in January, she implied to Jon Stewart that if there is a money corruption problem in Congress (which she denied at first), it’s more of a problem for Republicans than Democrats. So Stewart did some (very minimal) digging, and found out that, well, Democrats seem to have a habit of trading favors for money, too.
Just take a look at President Barack Obama’s latest appointees for ambassadorships. In a segment titled “Diplomats Buyers Club” Stewart runs through recent confirmation hearings for Obama’s nominees. If Pelosi is correct in that Democrats don’t have a corruption problem, then “surely [Obama] chose them on their merits.” Right?
Take George Tsunis, the nominee for ambassador to Norway, for example. He’s at least been to Norway before, right? Nope. Stewart’s reaction: “OK, a little weird he’s never visited the country he’s going to be the ambassador to … but who really needs to go to Norway to understand it anyway?”
What about the nominee for ambassador to Argentina? “I haven’t had the opportunity to be [in Argentina] yet, I have traveled pretty extensively around the world, but I haven’t yet had a chance” to go to Argentina, Noah Mamet said. Sure, no need to go to the country you’ll be an ambassador to, as long as you’ve been somewhere.