That seems like a particularly rude attitude to take considering, as Pam Spaulding writes
, that Palin hired a director of the State Division of Agriculture based on her "childhood love of cows" and the fact that they went to high school together (The New York Times reports
that the latter qualification is something of a theme in Palin's hiring practices). This seems to adhere to an age old double standard regarding hiring, which is that there's no such thing as an unqualified white person when a black person is applying for the same job.
Many people get jobs because of who they know, and this is certainly true of both Democratic and Republican leadership at all levels of government. But, as Matthew Yglesias notes
, the problem is more than racism. When you hire people solely based on personal associations or turn away qualified candidates for arbitrary reasons like race you end up with situations like FEMA's ineptness during Hurricane Katrina or the scandals in our current
Department of Justice. Too often, cronyism and prejudice go hand in hand in aiding incompetence. Of course, tokenism is a problem too.