It's official! Senator Hillary Clinton has been named the new U. S. Secretary of State. Caroline Kennedy, who was hoping to fill Clinton's vacant Senate seat, has formally withdrawn her bid due to a personal reason. Kennedy claims her choice is not associated with her sick uncle, Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, who was diagnosed with a progressive brain tumor this past May. To see our posting on the Kennedys, click here. For more on the Clinton clan, click here.
–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.