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Shocker: Dems Embrace Dynasty Politics

From the Politico:

Dems embrace dynasty politics

By: Charles Mahtesian
December 17, 2008

Barack Obama’s path to the presidency included beating what had been one of the nation’s most powerful families. But, in an unusual twist, his election last month is helping accelerate the trend toward dynasty politics.

His secretary of state will be Hillary Clinton, the wife of the former president. The Senate seat she’ll vacate is being pursued by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of a president and the niece of two senators. Joe Biden’s Senate seat may go to his son Beau. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, Obama’s pick for interior secretary, could end up being replaced by his brother, Rep. John Salazar.

And Obama’s own seat could go to the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. – less likely now in light of developments in the Rod Blagojevich scandal – or to the daughter of Illinois’ current House speaker

All told, it’s entirely possible that the Senate will be comprised of nearly a dozen congressional offspring by the end of Obama’s first term as president

At the moment, the Senate includes six sons or daughters of congressmen.

And the House – the “people’s House” – isn’t exactly bereft of hereditary influence, either.

In the 111th Congress next year, there will be 21 House members with a parent who also served in Congress – plus five wives who currently hold their late husbands’ seats.

If Caroline Kennedy is appointed to the New York Senate seat — once held by her uncle, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy — she would be joined in Congress not only by another uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, but also by his son, Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy…

Remember when we had a Republic?

Of course electing a product of the Chicago political machine will only increase this pernicious practice.

And Obama’s own seat could go to the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. – less likely now in light of developments in the Rod Blagojevich scandal – or to the daughter of Illinois’ current House speaker…

Er, that House Speaker would be Mr. Emil Jones, who has also announced that his son will replace him as speaker.

And the incestuous relationship between the Obama family and the rest of the Daley machine would be almost impossible to diagram.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Shocker: Dems Embrace Dynasty Politics”

  1. lstevetaylor says:

    Listen up, she is a Kennedy, she deserves to be senator, the only qualification needed is the name, because no matter what you are or what you have done, as long as you have the Kennedy name it is a given in a America you get what you want, you could botch an embargo, let someone die, have a wreck on drugs, rape, kill, ect., makes no diff if you have the right name you can skate, now you democrats that are negative toward her stop it, it is a done deal, she will be the next senator from NY, even bill and hill will let this slide, besides ob needs the help, she will make a perfect socialist
    L. Steve Taylor
    from the Republic of Texas

  2. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Will America now go the way of old Europe? With it’s past of numerous wars, political intrigues and desolation all because the nobles, the leaders, were all related and couldn’t get along. All that blue blood inbreeding and look what it did to Europe. I’m strongly opposed to the notion of dynasty politics and strongly in favor of term limits for all politicians. Americans can only take so much of this.


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