Thursday, June 28, 2007

McClatchy report: Political dynasties, including Blunts and Carnahans, all oer the place

McClatchy Newspapers' report on political dynasties in the United States, written by Kansas City Star political reporter Steve Kraske, starts with a sobering note:

Get this: If Hillary Clinton wins the White House, is re-elected in 2012 and finishes her term, the country will have experienced 28 consecutive years of a Bush or Clinton as president.

Twenty-eight years. Nearly 12 percent of American history to that point. And that doesn’t even count George H.W. Bush’s eight years as Ronald Reagan’s vice president.

Kraske points out:

"Somebody like Robin Carnahan has an advantage because her father was well-known statewide," said Missouri State University political scientist George Connor. It didn’t hurt her brother, either. He's a congressman from St. Louis.

Gov. Matt Blunt’s fast rise, too, is pegged in part on the reputation of his father, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt.

As Kraske points out, we have always had political dynasties in the U. S., dating back to the Adams, Tafts, Roosevelts, etc., but it has become an increasing problem in these days when the big money goes to the big names. As long as special interests' roles in elections are magnified by the need for money to finance successful campaigns (and there is no sign that problem is going to go away anytime soon), we will keep returning to those familiar names over and over.


Anonymous said...

I say Democrats and Republicans should get together and swear blood oaths to never vote for another Bush or Clinton again, related or not related to the last two presidents.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's the ticket.
Actually, never vote for a Bush again is fine. But leave my Hillary alone.....

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone will have to worry about the Blunt Dynasty continuing on. After this Baby Boy Blunder has been in the Governor's chair, we won't have to worry about him again. He has been a total embarrassment to his party, they hate to admit it. Like they say, some village is short an idiot.