President-elect John F. Kennedy called the media together shortly after his election in 1960 to announce his choice for attorney general.
It would be his brother, Robert, who never had practiced law privately. He had served as general counsel to a Senate committee chaired by the infamous Joseph McCarthy and later worked with his brother in the Senate.
JFK joked that RFK needed a bit of experience before he would become a successful lawyer, so he named him AG.
The appointment caused some consternation at the time, even though RFK would go on to become a highly effective attorney general.
In 1967, Congress enacted a law that banned such nepotism at the highest levels of government.
Then came Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States. What does he do? He places his daughter Ivanka into a West Wing office, where she now has an actual White House job. Oh, and her husband, Jared Kushner, also now works as a senior policy adviser.
Neither of them has government experience. Neither has any political seasoning.
But hey, what’s the problem? Ivanka won’t take a salary, which I guess serves as Dad’s dodge in giving her a government job.
However, didn’t Congress have enough fear about nepotism 50 years ago to approve a law to prohibit it?
I don’t believe that concern has lessened.