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Crunch time for Obama mega-bundlers

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It’s nail-biting time for mega-bundlers. You raised all that money, at least a half-million, maybe millions, for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. You’re thinking you raised a lot more than embattled bundler nominee Noah Mamet who, if confirmed, would end up in that glorious, 44,000-square-foot residence in Buenos Aires.

(We say “if” because there’s some Senate opposition after his February testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee.)

Heck, last week the White House gave Ireland — Ireland! — to someone who wasn’t even a bundler. And the window is closing quickly on the plum postings. There’s only 2½ years left in the Obama presidency, and at some point it’s not going to be worth the effort to nominate a non-career candidate to fill these jobs.

As it stands, there are only 15 embassies left without an ambassador or a nominee, and most of them are in garden spots such as Eritrea, Sudan or Syria, according to a status list compiled by the American Foreign Service Association.

India is still listed as open, along with Romania and lovely Costa Rica, so maybe you can snag a spot in some places if penciled-in candidates run into vetting problems. Moscow is open but, even in relatively better times, has generally gone to a top career person, and these times are hardly good.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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