Congress has forgotten about the debacle of FEMA during Hurricane Katrina. There's not much worse than having unqualified people in charge of government agencies during times of disaster.
The memory of cronyism was insidiously overshadowed by the persistent blockage of President Obama's political appointments by Republicans. Now most Democrats and Republicans have finally come together in solidarity and voted on "A bill to reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation" (S679).
They definitely have something in common. They all want bargaining chips for their political campaign contributors and they don't want their precious golden-egg laying geese to suffer through hearings and committees.
If you are planning on running for office, you need all the money you can get and now you can promise a political appointment to someone without meddlesome congressmen dredging up their dirty history. You may soon be able to promise your friends anonymity as they take over FEMA, Homeland Security, or other positions you may want to fill in order to build the nest for your and your future generations.
I first heard about this in an email from a Democrat affiliated organization that wanted me to call up and thank my congressmen for voting in favor of S679.