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I read an example in Merriam Webster dictionaries which was:

His son has been, in politics a nonstarter.

Why was comma used after "been" not after "in politics"? Because in this sort of sentences, we usually use it after a complete clause to introduce another clause.

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I think that an additional comma is necessary, after "in politics":

His son has been, in politics, a nonstarter.

In that way, "in politics" is separated from the rest of the sentence, and it gets an accent: maybe he was OK in the rest of his life, but he was no material for politics.

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