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2010: The Year of the Dynasty?

Top L to R - Caroline Kennedy, Jeb Bush, Robin Carnahan
Bottom L to R - Beau Biden, Lisa Murkowski, Rory Reid

Dynastic politics are frowned upon in the United States -- why the heck did we break free of our British oppressors after all? -- but the 2010 elections are shaping up as (yet another) affirmation that voters love nothing more than a familiar name or face.

"We don't do birthright in this country -- except when we do," writes columnist Kathleen Parker in a terrific column today about the candidacy of Caroline Kennedy. "John Quincy Adams and George W. Bush come to mind. We don't elect people on the basis of a recognizable name -- except when we do."

Parker's argument, which we at the Fix wholeheartedly agree with, is that political dynasties work because they represent the familiar, the devil we know as opposed to the devil we don't. And, because voters pay so little attention to electoral politics (the 2008 presidential election being an obvious exception to the rule), a known name tends to win out over an unknown one.

It's not just politics, of course, where dynasties reign. Who could forget the Von Erichs in professional wrestling, the Flying Wallendas in the circus or Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington Colby? (Ok, that last one makes no sense but "Dynasty!" is irresistible.)

While every election cycle produces its fair share of dynasties (the Udalls of 2008 for example), the 2010 election -- by our count -- features more than a dozen Senate or gubernatorial races where a candidate with well known last name in state or national politics is likely to be on the ballot.

Our list is below. Who did we miss? The comments section awaits.

Alaska: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), the daughter of former senator and governor Frank Murkowski, is up for reelection to a second term and could face a primary challenge from Gov. Sarah Palin. How did Murkowski get her seat in the first place? Her father appointed her to it, of course.

Colorado: Sen. Ken Salazar's appointment today as President-elect Barack Obama's pick to head the Interior Department means that Gov. Bill Ritter (D) will be tasked with appointing a replacement. Rep. John Salazar, Ken's older brother, is one of the leading names mentioned.

Connecticut: Sen. Chris Dodd (D) is a strong frontrunner for a sixth term in 2010, and has built a strong political career in his own right. But, it didn't hurt early in his career that his father, Thomas, served in the U.S. House and Senate.

Delaware: Sen. Joe Biden will be sworn in as Barack Obama's vice president next month but -- never fear -- the most discussed candidate to replace him in the Senate is his son, Beau, who is currently Delaware's attorney general. Since Beau is currently deployed in Iraq, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has appointed Ted Kaufman, a longtime Biden aide, to keep the seat warm for Beau over the next two years.

Florida: For those people who just can't get enough of the Bush family, never fear. Although George W. is wrapping up his presidency, Jeb, the former two term governor of Florida, is weighing a return to politics. Jeb Bush is expected to decide early next year on whether or not to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez.

Illinois: State Attorney General Lisa Madigan has become the face of the Democratic opposition to disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a role that positions her perfectly for her expected run for governor in 2010. Of course, Madigan owes her start in electoral politics to her father -- Illinois state House Speaker (and power broker) Michael Madigan.

Indiana: Although Republicans make some noise about challenging Sen. Evan Bayh (D) in 2010, it's hard to imagine a politician as popular as Bayh losing. Bayh's political successes are his own but it didn't hurt to be the only son of Sen. Birch Bayh and his much-beloved wife Marvella.

Iowa: Gov. Chet Culver (D) descends from political reality in Iowa; his father, John, spent a decade representing the Hawkeye State in Congress and then a single term in the Senate before he lost to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) in 1980. Culver, Chet that is, is up for a second term in 2010 and is in solid shape today.

Missouri: The Carnahans are Missouri Democratic royalty. Mel Carnahan spent the 1990s as the Show Me State's governor before he was killed in a plane crash during his 2000 Senate campaign against John Ashcroft. Carnahan won the race posthumously and his wife, Jean, served until 2002 when she was defeated by Jim Talent (R). The Carnahan kids have carried their parents' political legacy, however. Russ represents Missouri's 3rd congressional district and Robin, currently Missouri's secretary of state, is seen as a potential candidate against Sen. Kit Bond (R) in 2010.

Nevada: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the sort of plotting politician the Fix loves. Rep. Jon Porter (R) was rumored as a potential challenger to Reid in 2010 so what did the Leader do? Recruit and help fund Dina Titus's candidacy, and then sit back and smile when Titus defeated Porter and made him a tarnished candidate for 2010. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree; Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, Harry's son, is the leading candidate for governor in 2010.

New Hampshire: Sen. Judd Gregg is one of the last Republican office-holders still standing in the Northeast, the result -- at least in part -- to the influence his father Hugh, a former governor, exerted over the Granite State.

New York: Kennedy's candidacy aside, there are any number of legacies at play in New York in 2010. Kennedy's main rivalry for the Senate appointment is state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the son of the former governor of the Empire State. And, Gov. David Paterson, the man who will be doing the appointing? He is the son of Basil Paterson, former deputy mayor for Ed Koch and New York secretary of state.

Oklahoma: Elected Democrats are few and far between in Oklahoma but the Edmondson name perseveres. Ed Edmondson spent more than two decades in Washington as a member of the House and Senate; his son, Drew, is currently the Sooner State's Attorney General and is seen as a potential candidate for governor in 2010.

South Dakota: Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin is regarded as Democrats' strongest candidate for the open governor's seat in 2010. Her grandfather spent a term as the state's governor, her grandmother was South Dakota's secretary of state and her father, Lars, spent twenty years in the state legislature and ran unsuccessfully for governor in the 1980s. Herseth-Sandlin is starting a fourth generation of her family's political dynasty; she and her husband, former Texas Rep. Max Sandlin (D), recently had a baby boy.

Virginia: Brian Moran, the less high profile (thankfully) brother of Rep. Jim Moran, has resigned his seat in the Virginia General Assembly to dedicate all his time to his run for governor next year.

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Also, in 2010 Louisiana Senatorial Race, the most popular name to challenge first-term incumbent Don Vitter right now is Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu. Mitch Landrieu's father, "Moon" Landrieu, was Secretary of HUD during the Carter administration and ex-mayor of New Orleans. Mitch Landrieu's sister, Mary, is the current Sr. US Senator for Louisiana.

Also note Don Vitter is not expecting an easy re-election campaign to do a sex scandal. One auto union official recently slammed Vitter saying, "He'd rather pay a prostitute than pay auto workers"

Posted by: Corey_NY | December 21, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Richard Celeste was Ohio's governor for 8 years. His brother Ted ran for Senate in 2000 and was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2006.

Retiring MO Gov. Matt Blunt's father is outgoing House Minority Whip Roy Blunt.

KS Gov. and potential 2010 Senate candidate Kathleen Sebelius' father is former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's relatives served as Mayor and congressman from Baltimore.

UT senator Robert Bennett's father was also a senator from Utah.

AR senator Mark Pryor's dad is former AR senator David Pryor.

WV Sen. Jay Rockefeller is related to former VP Nelson Rockefeller, Win Rockefeller, and other former officeholders in the family.

LA Sen. Mary Landrieu has a brother Mitch who ran for New Orleans Mayor, and her father Moon was governor of the state.

FL Rep. Connie Mack III is the son of former FL senator Connie Mack Jr.

Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft III is the son of former Sens. Robert Taft Jr. and Sr, and a descendant of former president William Howard Taft.

MD Rep. John Sarbanes is the son of former senator Paul Sarbanes.

PA Sen. Robert Casey's father was governor of the state.

The Stevensons (IL), LaFollettes (WI), and Humphreys (MN) have all been three-generation dynasties in their states.

NH Sen. John Sununu's father was George H. W. Bush's Chief of Staff.

former RI Senator Lincoln Chafee is the son of former RI senator John Chafee.

UT Rep. Jim Matheson is the son of former Gov. Scott Matheson.

WA Sen. Maria Cantwell is the daughter of former IN state rep. Paul Cantwell.

WV Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is the daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore.

OH Rep. Robert Latta is the son of former Rep. Del Latta.

as far as I know, GA Gov. Sonny Perdue, incoming NC Gov. Beverly Perdue, and chicken mogul Frank Perdue are not related.

Posted by: JonSM99 | December 21, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Also the 2 main Democratic candidates right now for Governor of California in 2010 are ex-Governor Jerry Brown, son of another former California Governor Pat Brown, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the nephew by marriage of Nancy Pelosi and his father, Judge William Newsom, was well-connect in Californian Democratic circles.

Plus Governor Jim Doyle is running for re-election in 2010 and his mother was a state senator and his father founded the modern Wisconsin Democratic Party and unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1954.

Posted by: Corey_NY | December 20, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

For some reason folks just cannot grasp the idea that political families dedicating themsleves in the service of their community, state or country is not,of itself a bad thing. Being in public service is part of a family tradition, just as other families produce hereditary military personnel, professional artists, writers, lawyers, doctors, law enforcement people, etc.
Caroline Kennedy has had the example of her quietly protective and strong-willed mother who stood as a shining example of courage in adversity. Jacqueline Kennedy taught her daughter the importance of family and community obligations. I also believe Caroline has the stern discipline and sense of duty needed for working in the US Senate.
The fact remains is that what one is born into is an accident of fate. The important thing remains what one can accomplish with the talents and advantages one is given.

Posted by: luise1 | December 19, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Gov. Sebelius of KS--her former father-in-law was a KS congressman and her father was a gov. of Ohio (I think)

Posted by: mrbo | December 18, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

In the 2009 Detroit Mayor's race we have Nick Hood III the son of former councilman Nick Hood Jr. Coleman Young Jr. son of long time mayor Coleman Young, and Ken Cockrel Jr. son of former councilman Ken Cockrel. They are running to replace Kwame Kilpatrick son of Conresswomen Caroline Cheeks Kilpatrick. Monica Conyers wife of Congressman John Conyers will also be running for reelection as head of the City Council. Finally there are rumors that Debbie Dingell wife of former Commerce Chairman John Dingell will run for his seat, which he inherited from his father.

Posted by: myhojda | December 18, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Giving Caroline Kennedy Clinton's seat would be a mistake for Gov Paterson. It is refreshing to have people who are not career politicians seek seats in the House and Senate, but only if we have a chance to test them through the rigors of a campaign. Without a record in public service, a person has no business being appointed to a House or Senate seat as the public has not had a chance to vet them. It's not a question of the other contenders having "paid their dues," which is in itself an obnoxious proposition. At least voters have had a chance to evaluate contenders such as President Clinton and Cuomo.

Posted by: Crito | December 18, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

ds73 writes
"Patrick [Kennedy] hasn't had a real challenger for years despite a very thin record, and a history of bad behavior: beating up an airport security guard, getting high and crashing into Jersey barriers in Washington, and some drunken hijinks on a sailboat. He keeps getting elected in Rhode Island."

For Rhode Island, that's a pretty clean record.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 18, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The wealthy and powerful elite in this country, in a variety of fields, including politics, journalism, entertainment, etc. are often able to bestow great advantages to their sons and daughters, partly because of their wealth, as well as power, but also by name recognition, that other persons must achieve by hard work. This has been true for probably about two centuries, but seems to be occurring more often recently in politics.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | December 18, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Leichtman will recall that three unrelated persons named Yarborough or Yarbrough serve in office in TX, all based on the name recognition of the first one.

The first one was great, the second one was OK, but the third one was insane. In law school he would dress up like a Nazi storm trooper [in the privacy of his room] and march around to Wagner recordings. TX elected him to the Supremes, where he continually made a fool of himself and all of us until he was impeached and removed.

Texans have also voted for an old retired lawyer named Gene Kelly on many occasions. He runs as a D, so he has never won. He never campaigns. He has no known thoughts about anything. He just puts on his dancing shoes and gets votes.
Heck, he probably does not even own dancing shoes.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 17, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

"Iowa: Gov. Chet Culver (D) descends from political reality in Iowa;..."

To where did he descend? Political fantasy?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 17, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

So you know who didn't have parents who had political office or even extensive education?

The Clintons.

NOT A DYNASTY- NEVER WERE- Defined that way so as to link them to the Bushes with whom they have NOTHING in common.


Posted by: nycLeon | December 17, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse


So, at 9 mos pregnant, Obama's mother boarded a planeFlew halfway around the world to give birth in a third world country, immediately flew back to the US, and posted a fake birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper on the off chance that that child would one day run for President?

Here's an idea, how about you find Obama's mother's passport with the stamp showing that she went to Kenya, or the airline information for the flights. You know, actual evidence something happened, rather than asking to disprove an idiotic hypothesis.

"Wait till his entire staff is brought up on perjury."

Perjury? Please explain. Without any sworn statements made yet or even an indictment, that should be an interesting trick. Still absolutely nothing there, other than the wild conspiracies of madmen...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 17, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

lynnicol wrote, "Pennsylvania-- In statewide politics, Bob Casey, Jr., follows Bob Casey, Sr."

And then there was the Bob Casey who kept getting elected to offices in Pennsylvania on name recognition, who was unrelated to the royal Caseys.

If you follow politics long enough, it will cause you to sometimes put beer in your mouth and eject it from your nose.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 17, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

If you are interested in the role of nepotism in American Politics you should check out the very entertaining CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? which made the Oscar Short List in 2006. You can stream the film at, rent it on netflix or buy it at

Posted by: James55 | December 17, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

You missed the Rhode Island Kennedy prince, Patrick, of the 1st congressional district, son of Ted, nephew of Jack and Bobby, elected to the House after buying a legislative seat for himself. Patrick hasn't had a real challenger for years despite a very thin record, and a history of bad behavior: beating up an airport security guard, getting high and crashing into Jersey barriers in Washington, and some drunken hijinks on a sailboat. He keeps getting elected in Rhode Island.

Posted by: ds73 | December 17, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania-- In statewide politics, Bob Casey, Jr., follows Bob Casey, Sr.

But, gosh, weren't there a whole slew of Udalls elected in 2008?

Posted by: lynnlcol | December 17, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

And from FDR, a sample from IMHO the greatest of his speeches, to the Teamsters during the 1944 campaign, on September 23'rd.

I've quoted from the middle of the speech, without editing out a word.

Snippy, really, really snippy.


We all know that certain people who make it a practice to depreciate the accomplishments of labor -- who even attack labor as unpatriotic -- they keep this up usually for three years and six months in a row. But then, for some strange reason -- (laughter) -- they change their tune -- every four years -- just before election day. When votes are at stake, they suddenly discover that they really love labor -- and that they are anxious to protect labor from its old friends.

I got quite a laugh, for example -- and I am sure that you did -- when I read this plank in the Republican platform adopted at their convention in Chicago last July:

"The Republican party accepts the purposes of the National Labor Relations Act, the Wage and Hours Act, the Social Security Act and all other Federal statutes designed to promote and protect the welfare of American working men and women, and we promise a fair and just administration of these laws." (laughter)

You know, many of the Republican leaders and Congressmen and candidates, who shouted enthusiastic approval of that plank in that Convention Hall would not even recognize these progressive laws, if they met them in broad daylight. [snippy!] Indeed, they have personally spent years of effort and energy -- and much money -- in fighting every one of those laws in the Congress, and in the press [snippy!], and in the courts, ever since this Administration began to advocate them and enact them into legislation.

The whole purpose of Republican oratory these days seems to be to switch labels. The object is to persuade the American people that the Democratic party was responsible for the 1929 crash and the depression, and that the Republican party was responsible for all social progress under the New Deal. (continued laughter)

Now, imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery -- but I am afraid that in this case it is the most obvious common or garden variety of fraud [SNIPPY!]. (more laughter, and applause)

Of course, it is perfectly true that there are enlightened, liberal elements in the Republican party, and they have fought hard and honorably to bring the party up to date and to get it in step with the forward march of American progress. But those liberal elements were not able to drive the Old Guard Republicans from their entrenched positions.

Can the Old Guard pass itself off as the New Deal? (laughter)

I think not.

We have all seen many marvelous stunts in the circus, but no performing elephant could turn a hand-spring without falling flat on its back. (laughter, cheers and applause)


Posted by: officermancuso | December 17, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse






We have explained this to you several times and you still seem to not understand - you must be learning disabled - the certificate which you are referring to does NOT prove that Obama was born in Hawaii.

You need another document.

Obama's grandmother is on tape stating clearly that Obama was born in Kenya - that she was there - WERE YOU THERE? - you are attempting to deceive the American public.

And would you please stop attacking other posters on this forum - it is getting a little tiresome.

AND please tell us on which country's passport Obama traveled to Pakistan and three other countries in 1981.





Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 17, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

A little more FDR getting huffy:

"Tonight it is the second time I take up once more the public duty - the far from disagreeable duty - of answering major campaign falsification with facts. (Applause)

"Last week in Philadelphia...I nailed the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties [for "secret treaties", read, if you wish, "birth certificates"], I nailed them up to dry on the barn door. (Laughter) I nailed that falsehood and other falsehoods the way when I was a boy in Dutchess County we used to nail up the skins of foxes and weasels [majorly snippy!]. (Laughter) And I think it was a kinsman of mine [dynasty?], about thirty years ago, who invented the word 'weasel words'."

Posted by: officermancuso | December 17, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk wrote, "Obama has been confronted with precious few hostile questions during his dizzying sprint to the White House, so the handful of examples are fairly easy to remember. Yesterday's huffy exchange evokes memories of a similar flare-up with reporters late in the Democratic primaries."

You want "huffy exchanges"? Consult the speeches of Franklin D. Roosevelt.


"For too many of us the political equality we had once won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people's property, other people's money, other people's labor - other people's lives....

"Against economic tyranny [you haven't heard Obama use that phrase yet, have you?] such as this, the American citizen could only appeal to the organized power of government. We will remember that the collapse of 1929 showed up the despotism for what it was ["despotism" is a bit huffy, don't you think?]. The election of 1932 was the people's mandate to end it. Under that mandate it is being ended."

Good luck, Zouk. You're the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 17, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"I know this is pointless to state (for the 100th time) but: The State of Hawaii produced the certified birth certificate and a factchecker website physically examined the original as I understand it and found it valid. Further, the Supreme Court has thrice rejected this junk over the past month. But, 37, if launching incoherent anti-O rants is how you wish to spend your time, have at it...Are you still fighting the Civil War, too? Debating integrated water fountains? Rock and Roll music?"

Dude, do you go and find your local "white power" groups in your neighborhood and debate with them?

Don't respond to the racists like 37+0 on here either.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 17, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

King of Zuck: "the socialist experiment will be declared DOA."

Check current-president recent interview with Candy Crowley:

"I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system."
-- George W Bush Jr

It wasnt Obama who abandoned free-market principles and gave away taxpayer money to the financial sector.

Posted by: Al_Dr | December 17, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"there's much more but my fingers just cramped, sorry, king.

Posted by: broadwayjoe

Never answered one. not a single one.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 5:54 PM"

To King of Gunk:

What could O's answer be to, "When you picked your nose, was that intended as an obscene gesture? Or, what does the "whitey" tape -- the one that doesn't exist -- say? Or, does Rev. Wright love America as much as you do? Thankfully, O tired of that junk and so did the American people. God bless America....

Speaking of unanswered questions, here's a question for your boy, 37andOdrools. Why does he/she keep changing troll handles? This is his/her 15th troll handle change, isn't it?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 17, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh noooooo, not another Reid! I agree charisma can be over-rated, but that's no reason to toss votes in that bunch's direction.

And we have an up and coming shoot from the branch of Biden in Delaware, don't we? Enough to make Winston Churchill turn off his hearing aid.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 17, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr transparents response to a hard question:

O: Ask a different question.

I propose a prize to the first Lib who can find a single campaign promise he kept. I'll be waiting.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

the Osama transparency he promised is fully evident in his response to the birth certificate question. Rather than simply release the original document, he fights it in court, despite costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. He is still hiding his college records.

why, mr transparent? already answered eight questions this year?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by 37drools: "Just prove to me that Obama's grandmother was wrong when she said Obama was born in Kenya

At least we know where Caroline Kennedy was born."

I know this is pointless to state (for the 100th time) but: The State of Hawaii produced the certified birth certificate and a factchecker website physically examined the original as I understand it and found it valid. Further, the Supreme Court has thrice rejected this junk over the past month. But, 37, if launching incoherent anti-O rants is how you wish to spend your time, have at it...Are you still fighting the Civil War, too? Debating integrated water fountains? Rock and Roll music?

On topic: Although Caroline is a great dynastic choice (we had her as a top vp pick for O on the long list), I am surprised that NY AG Andrew Cuomo, son of Mario and brother of some guy on TV, doesn't get more discussion. Andrew actually is polling better than Caroline for the NY senate seat.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 17, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

there's much more but my fingers just cramped, sorry, king.

Posted by: broadwayjoe

Never answered one. not a single one.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse





I didn't know that Time Magazine was still publishing.........






Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 17, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Caroline is a constitutional scholar
-has a lifetime of understanding of policy and procedure
-has the direct ear and respect of the future white house (and his cell number most likely)
-has stated and fought for democratic principals overwhelmingly behind and in front of the scenes
(if you mor*ns would read a little)

-is an expert author on Americans best political history, reasoning and philosophies



any state (never mond one that she is a native of) wishes she would be their Senator


that is what it takes to try and dismiss her...

think before you all type. ugh

just because she is prone to modesty and not selling herself...does not make her not qualified

who are you people?

do you even know who she is? or what a senator does?

oy ugh... this is why we got George Bush... you people vote for the morons because of their name

but vote against the smart qualified people because of their name

Posted by: klondike2 | December 17, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse





Just prove to me that Obama's grandmother was wrong when she said Obama was born in Kenya

At least we know where Caroline Kennedy was born.



Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 17, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has informative statistics on addressing global poverty.

$30 billion ends world hunger
$550 billion is the US Defense budget

This organization has the ability, resources, and policy-makers to suppress the threat of global poverty by enacting legislation here in the US, which is tied to the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Please support organizations such as The Borgen Project so that we may rid the world of poverty.

Posted by: atsegga | December 17, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse





Salazar's hat is HILARIOUS - It just rounds out how much of a joke Obama's cabinet is - a scientist to prove that Bush doesn't believe the "science" of global warming.

The AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CABINET will surely inspire many young people to seek cabinet positions in the future.

The AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CABINET - well these people may or may not be qualified - we aren't sure - however if you had a blind taste test.........

Well this is what Obama meant when he said POSTPARTISAN AND POSTRACIAL -

you get what you pay for.........

What you have is a President with

no business experience

no economic experience

no foreign policy experience

no defense experience

AND the first thing he does is propose an Affirmative Action cabinet with.... dubious experience.

AND now the transition is INVESTIGATING ITSELF A AL NIXON in order to prove to the world that it had nothing to do with BLAGOGATE AND MAKING A DEAL WITH BLAGE TO GET VALERIE JARRETT IN THE SENATE.






Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 17, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by King of Gunk: "Obama has been confronted with precious few hostile questions during his dizzying sprint to the White House...."

Few? Let's see -- most Americans recall there were 24/7 media questions (sometimes posed in hour-long Hannity specials) on: fistbumps (courtesy of legendary journalist E.D. Hill), flagpins, a nonexistent whitey tape, O's middle name, emails to O from Z-list non-star Scarlett Johansen, Rev. Wright (with live coverage of Wright during his "Make It Wright" tour), Rev. Pfleger, Resko, the Palestinian professor at Columbia, Professor William Ayers, the significance of O scratching his nose (whether it was an obscene gesture), Michelle's "pride" speech, some (alleged) perv who filed a lawsuit against O, some guy in O's church choir, O's tax policy insofar as it might affect Charlie Gibson's estate taxes, O's wearing his foreign hosts' traditional garb out of respect, O's citizenship (even after the State of Hawaii produced a certified copy of the birth certificate), "Manchurian Candidate" slurs, and, ouch,...there's much more but my fingers just cramped, sorry, king.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 17, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I understand you'd rather avoid the truth. But irrelevant it ain't. It made the front page of every paper all week. the messiah still won't come clean.

Wait till his entire staff is brought up on perjury. It won't be long. already Rahm and richards are in the soup and clinton is a known criminal. Plus theres "pardon them all" for Justice and "no teacher left behind" for Ed. Some change.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant reference to the VonErichs. Probably the wrestling equivalent of the Kennedys. Talented, won the big ones, but marked by so much tragedy.

Posted by: jbtripod | December 17, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dear god Zouk, can you stay on topic for one second, this obsession with irrelevant scandals you have is unhealthy.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 17, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget California where Pat and his son Jerry Brown both served as Governor. And Jerry is very likely to run for Governor again since Diane Feinstein has ascended to Chair the Senate Intelligence Cmte and will not likely run.

I think Caroline Kennedy could be a fine senator and hope she'll have the chance to prove it. Nobody's social status, whether high or low, should preclude them from accepting an appointment to, or running for, the Senate, else Hillary Clinton would never have run. Elective seats open all the time and candidates go for them when their time is right. Need I remind you of Barack Obama?

Posted by: LeftCoastOracle | December 17, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been confronted with precious few hostile questions during his dizzying sprint to the White House, so the handful of examples are fairly easy to remember. Yesterday's huffy exchange evokes memories of a similar flare-up with reporters late in the Democratic primaries. At a press conference in early March, a trio of Chicago-based reporters asked candidate Obama for a thorough explanation of his ties to another corrupt Chicago political operator. Back then, it was Tony Rezko, a slumlord influence-peddler who would later be convicted on 16 federal counts. Rezko raised six figures for Obama's various campaigns over the years, and played a significant role in the purchase of Obama's southside mansion, so it was hardly surprising that some in the press took an interest in Rezko's dealings with a top presidential hopeful.

Unfortunately for the media, their tough questions didn't appeal to Obama, so he ended the presser. As he walked away, the Windy City contingent of reporters shouted in protest, prompting Obama to shrug and reply, "Come on guys, I just answered, like, eight questions," before hurrying out of the room.

After the "eight questions" interaction and yesterday's "wasted question" incident, it appears that some mainstream journalists are finally waking up to the fact that they need to "get tougher" in their Obama coverage. If only they had seen the light, say, six months ago.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Here's a few more.

Also in Oklahoma, Congrssman Dan Boren, son of former Governor David is regarded as a likely Democratic nominee for either Governor or Senator should he choose to run.

In New Hampshire, some rumors claim that Judd Gregg will not seek re-election but former Senator John Sununu (son of former Governor John) will be running.

Of course, in Kentucky, Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler is a possible Senate candidate. He's the grandson, I believe, of former Kentucky Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler.

Mitch Landrieu, brother of Senator Mary Landrieu and son of ex-New Orleans Mayor and HUD secretary Moon Landrieu is certainly a possible for the Senate seat held by David Vitter.

My local congressman here in NJ is Rodney Frelinghuysen. His ancestors have provided members of the Continental Congress, US House, Senate, Treasury Secretary, a losing candidate for Vice President, and a mayor of Newark. While Frelinghuysens have been Federalists, Whigs, and Republicans none have been elected as Democrats.

Posted by: kywddavid1 | December 17, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

ben chandler in kentucky will be up for re-election for his house seat in 2010. he's the son of A.B. "Happy" Chandler, former ky governor and senator. chandler lost his bid for governor several years ago (we don't like dynasties) but has the house seat.

Posted by: plathman | December 17, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

There's also the Borens of Oklahoma. Back to Kennedy: I am a huge admirer of the Kennedys, RFK in particular. RFK, much like HRC, walked into the New York senate seat (they did have the formality of actually winning an election, though) because of his name--certainly not his residency. Caroline will likely walk into it because of her name and lineage. Hmm. She is certainly very competent--in fact I know she would be a good senator. But why should she get the seat over other deserving citizens? Because of her family? Because she won the “birth lottery”?

Our take on dynasties:

Posted by: soonerthought | December 17, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"2010 will be the year of the Obama backlash. Just like clinton before him, the congress will revert to sanity."

The funny thing is that if you took the results of the 2008 Congressional elections and added 15% to every Republican's percentage, the Democrats would still maintain control of Congress.

Republicans have a STEEP hill to climb. Those people seem almost Sisyphusean with their Blagojevich attacks, don't they?

Posted by: DDAWD | December 17, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Simple simon, can anyone up there count to ten? you may want to take off your boots to get to 20.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"It will be the result of countless scandels, gross mismanagement, feckless indecisiveness, cowardly foreign policy and out of control spending"

In other words, it will be just like the 2006 & 2008 elections.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 17, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Chris, here in Ohio we have the Tafts and the Browns. With the end of Bob Taft's two terms as governor in Jan. 2007, that dynasty that started with Alophonsus Taft in the late 19th century and continued through President William Howard Taft and two senator Robert Tafts seems to be at an end. Bob Taft's only child, a daughter, lives in the East and isn't interested in politics, and his brothers and cousins aren't involved politically either.

As for the Browns, the presence of Sen. Sherrod Brown --though not related to other Browns--is just another example of the surname "Brown" being a winning name in Ohio because of a long line of office holders in state and federal office dating back at least 60 years. Senator Brown was once Ohio Secretary of State himself before he was defeated by--ironically--Bob Taft.

Posted by: howard10859 | December 17, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

2010 will be the year of the Obama backlash. Just like clinton before him, the congress will revert to sanity.

It will be the result of countless scandels, gross mismanagement, feckless indecisiveness, cowardly foreign policy and out of control spending. you know, the usual Liberal stuff. the socialist experiment will be declared DOA.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Here in MN, the Mondale & Humphrey families still have active politicians. There was even a rumor that one of the Wellstone kids would jump into the ring for the right to challenge Coleman this year.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 17, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to post about Caroline Kennedy's getting promoted from rich political family wife to U.S. senator by appointment. It's such a brazen abuse of that to have to allocate time to criticize the prospect of her appointment, is an insult.

Posted by: AsperGirl | December 17, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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