- Nov 22, 2003
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This may persuade me. Links at site:
Too Many Clintons in the Bush
In a rather overwrought column on the alleged trend of American politics towards dynasties and even monarchism, Lexington does point out something scary:
In 2009 the betting is that America will see the son of a former president replaced by the wife of another former president. If Hillary Clinton is then re-elected in 2012, the world's greatest democracy will have been ruled by either a Bush or a Clinton for 28 years straight. And why should things end there? Michael Barone, author and pundit, points out that George P. Bush, the current president's nephew, will be eligible to run for the presidency in 2012, Chelsea Clinton will be eligible in 2016 and Jeb Bush will remain a viable candidate until 2024.
Surely it is time to let somebody else take a turn. (I note that there has never been a president named Bainbridge and that my dynasty consists solely of golden retrievers.)
In any case, as Lexington notes in passing, the real problem is not dynasties but rather the divide between the elites and the rest of us:
America is producing a quasi-hereditary political elite, cocooned in a world of wealth and privilege and utterly divorced from most people's lives.Perhaps it really is time to rethink how we select political leaders, so as to get back to the old model of citizen-legislators. Term limits, anyone?
Posted on May 11, 2007 in Politics |