Mark Hammer

I tried unsuccessfully to find it, but couldn’t and have to scuttle off to a meeting this evening, so I’ll just have to tell you about it. There was a paper posted at the Brookings Institution website over the summer, noting the significant proportion of political appointments that remained unfilled well into the middle of the last few presidents’ terms, largely as a result of the vetting process, and partisan bickering. It straddled both Republican and Democrat administrations and was quite disheartening. We’re talking hundreds of positions that went unfilled for several years. Of course, what it partially suggests is that many political appointees at the levels Peter describes enter into the job already mistrusted by many in Congress.