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December 19, 2011

Let’s posit a scenario.  You need to make a decision.  You’d like to find some expertise to help you.  Where do you go to ask?

Well, your rolodex (or the modern equivalent) seems to be the obvious answer to me.  If I need to ask technical questions, I go to about two handfuls of very predictable players for a first opinion.  Sure, I’d go beyond there if necessary, but why not trust the people you’ve already trusted?

Thus, I’m not really up in arms over this (via Hot Air) from Roll Call.

In May 2010, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to a podium in the Capitol to introduce a half-dozen economic experts she had convened for a meeting on how to jump-start the economy. The group had met for several hours with top Democratic leaders, and Pelosi invited them to speak publicly on their perspectives on economic growth.

What Pelosi did not mention is that one of the men in the group was her son’s boss and a partner with her husband in more than a half-dozen investments, including one that generated more than $100,000 in income for the Speaker’s family last year.

So?  Again, I’d expect that Ms. Pelosi would look to her friends and partners for opinions, since they best understand what she’s seeking.  As a receiver of that info, I’d likely be one to look at the credentials and make a judgment on how good the data is, but I won’t begrudge someone the ability to highlight people they believe are experts.

Note that Ed Morrisey has a better take on Mr. Hambrecht in his take.

But with all that said, I still don’t see an issue with the choice.  Just the potential outcome.

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