Sep 5, 2012
Vetting is a process of examination and evaluation, generally referring to performing a background check on someone before offering them employment, conferring an award, etc. A prospective person or project may be vetted before making a hiring decision. In addition, in intelligence gathering, assets are vetted to determine their usefulness.
Politicians are often thoroughly vetted. For example, in the United States, a party's presidential nominee must choose a vice-presidential candidate to accompany them on the ticket. Prospective vice-presidential candidates must undergo thorough evaluation by a team of advisers acting on behalf of the nominee. In later stages of the vetting process, the team will examine such items as a prospective vice-presidential candidate's finances, personal conduct, and previous coverage in the media.
In this politically-charged drama, the Senator and his sons have some questions to answer about their behavior. What happened? Who saw it? What did you do? What were you wearing? In the end, the truth leaks out and everyone cleans up nicely. A lesson to be learned, but a hard one to study for.
1. "Vetted Law & Legal Definition". USLegal.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. (Wikipedia)
2. Smith, Ben (March 8, 2007). "Richardson Defense Raises Questions". Politico.com. (Wikipedia)
3. Totally made up.
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