Vetting the Nominee

174A6206-3BB2-454A-B7A3-13F71C9E0944“You call what you did a thorough background check?” The senator asked. “It’s clear that you did a slapdash job in your vetting process. You weren’t even able to ferret out that shameful sexual misconduct scandal that plagues the nominee.”

“Well, senator, we actual did ferret it out, but we decided that it wasn’t relevant to the hearings,” the researcher said. “And, not to make excuses, but the member of my staff who looked into that was verdant.”

“Verdant?” the senator said. “What do you mean by that?”

“I mean he was a rookie,” the researcher responded. “You know, green, inexperienced, wet behind the ears.”

“But it was your decision to withhold the facts from this committee,” the senator said.

“Yes, it was my decision.”

“So, because of your deceit,” the senator said, “you are essentially aiding and abetting the nominee in his effort to abscond from the responsibility of his onerous behavior, a behavior you knew about but tried to hide from the committee,” the senator said. “That’s deplorable.”


Written for the following one-word prompts: Daily Addictions (ferret), Word of the Day Challenge (verdant), Ragtag Daily Prompt (slapdash), Your Daily Word Prompt (abscond), and Scotts Daily Prompt (background).

7 thoughts on “Vetting the Nominee

  1. Sight11 September 15, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Very sophisticated language, but one that echoes, great post Sensei..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Laura September 15, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Impressive — uses your words, but timely and makes sense. Not an easy juggling act!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. MNL September 15, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    and I bet the good senator has his own little ongoing impropriety that he covers by haranguing others on their faults. I feel your story has played out hundreds of time over the past decades. good one.

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