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