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On Election Day 2010, the heirs have it

Does anyone else find it depressing that as of tomorrow two of our leading states -- New York and California -- will likely be led by governors who would never have had the job if their daddies hadn't had the job before them? Somewhere on the way to perfecting our democracy, we've ended up with huge heapings of nepotism and inherited political privilege as well. I know, I know, that's just life -- and the value of name recognition is so great that it gives an enormous leg up to any public-minded Bush, Gore or Bayh who enters the fray. Still, to me, the exciting thing about America to celebrate on Election Day is that so many of our leaders remain self-invented Gatsbys who come out of nowhere from humbler origins, such as Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Here's hoping we can keep it up.

By Matt Miller  | November 2, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
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Uh, who's your publisher, again?

Posted by: emrj | November 2, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan had name recognition. He was a grade B movie star and hosted the black and white weekly TV show, "Death Valley Days."

In my time in the Navy during the Korean War, I went with a Hollywood USO tour to watch Doris Day and Ronald Reagan make a scene in "Alexander The Great" about a baseball player. Doris signed her signature for all of us sailors, but Ronald wouldn't even give us as much as a glance.

I often wondered about the Granada invasion when he was first elected. I guess he was trying to show us who was boss.

One other thing he did was try to wipe out the med fruit fly by spraying cities and country sides in CA. That was partly a political stunt. About this time, an old DC3 flew over our house and dumped spray on me and my property while I was working on my yard.

We had an invasion of the Gypsy Moth and spraying was a big thing then;as I said political. Another case of showing the environmentalists who was boss. You don't hear much about the Gypsy Moth or the Med fruit fly anymore. I wonder if they were as bad as we thought.

Other than that, he was OK. I liked the "Tear Down that Wall" speech.

Posted by: LL314 | November 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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