Monday, December 29, 2008

Family dynasties, pro wrestling and Politics

A big tradition in pro-wrestling is the dynastic family. Many of today's popular and successful wrestlers have come from a lineage of storied families. Families who have spanned generations, often with mixed fortunes from tragedy to controversy adding further mystique to their name.

While wrestling has a long list of families from the Harts to the Guerrero's who have held Championships and carried their franchises through Generations. American Politics has similarly cultivated it's share of families who've held Presidencies and played senior roles in Government for decades - the Bushes, Clintons and The Kennedies. The closest America has to royalty.

In recent days, these political families have been in the news. Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of US President John F Kennedy has been mentioned as a possible appointment choice for the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat for New York. Interestingly the seat was held by Hillary Clinton who has been tapped as Barack Obama's Secretary of State.

Michelle Malkin spoke of this on a recent episode of Fox and Friends
...Governor Patterson is starting to feel the heat here. He's damned if he does appoint her and he'll be damned if he doesn't. He'll have the wrath of one royal family - The Clintons or the other - The Kennedy's no matter who he chooses.

The Republican dynastic family, the Bushes have also been in the news. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, brother to the outgoing President and son of former President Bush is considering running for the recently vacated Senate Seat in Florida. Whilst he is a credible choice there are doubts about his chances amongst the electorate, as conservatives have become disillusioned and the populace fatigued by the Bush reign.

Below are a sample of comments from posters at
Will Jeb Run?
He can run, but he can’t hide.
No more Bush politicians — it’s not really their strong suit. No doubt he’s as honest and well-intentioned as 41 and 43, but I think many Americans are a bit sick of family dynasties and the attendant cronyism.
In fact, let’s broaden the scope: No more career politicians, anywhere.

- mr.blacksheep

Ed, your analogy is off target. Jeb Bush may have worked for his place, but his brother’s true heir is Barack Obama. Both men by-passed the traditional game to grab the Brass Ring. Today, the entire American political scenery is becoming too ‘Peyton Place’. We have professional politicians ensconced in their comfortable offices, parents bequeathing their political machine to their children and a growing sense of hopelessness amongst the general population.

This is NOT what the Founding Fathers had envisioned. We’ve corrupted the system and have no one to blame but ourselves for the outcome. Caroline Kennedy will inherit her uncle’s Senate seat, Jeb Bush will use his new Senate seat to campaign for President (a’ la Hillary) in 2012.

- SeniorD

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