– More than 100 appointments to state posts — nearly 1 in 4 — went to campaign contributors or their relatives, sometimes without apparent regard to qualifications.
– Alaska historians say some of Palin’s appointees were less qualified than those of her Republican and Democratic predecessors.
– [Tom] Lamal, a public school teacher in Fairbanks until he retired in 2006, was hired as a right-of-way agent despite reports of internal conflicts over whether he was qualified under state law.
Awesome. To repeat: it's the quality of the experience that matters, and sometimes -- sorry, Palin! -- that quality can also be illustrated in non-executive roles.