And the Senate also cleared a vote for Los Angeles consulting company head Noah Mamet, who raised nearly $1.4 million and was duly nominated to ambassador to Argentina. Mamet acknowledged that he’d never been to Argentina — not really in itself a disqualifying factor — and that he spoke only a little Spanish. He called Argentina a U.S. ally, leading Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to conclude that Mamet was clueless about the country.
Well, it looks like he’ll be getting lots of clues soon.
Their confirmations will leave only seven non-career (political) country ambassador nominees on the Senate floor — though their futures may be uncertain.