Within the past three decades, two names, Bush and Clinton, have had an almost inescapable presence in national politics. Take the fact that since 1988, the 2012 presidential election was the only instance where there wasn’t a member of the Bush or Clinton family in the running. Looking forward to 2016
Even in light of her recent email controversy, Hillary Clinton remains the only prominent Democratic candidate thus far.
It’s important to recognize with such a last name comes greater scrutiny. Jeb Bush is so divisive of a candidate because it’s hard for a number of voters to separate him from the disdain many have for the prior Bush presidency. It was once considered p
One could observe something similar with the former Secretary. The fact that Hillary Clinton and her family are already so prevalent made her recent email controversy, get that much more coverage. As seen by the same Quinnipiac University poll, 54 percent of voters see Hillary as “not honest and trustworthy”, but she is still by far the top candidate. Does her prominence really exceed that perception? For the moment, it would appear so.
As PBS noted in
In the case of these two families, it appears to be working. The familiarity of such dynasties has done more to persuade voters, rather than dissuade them. While there’s nothing illegal about running for office in the footsteps of one’s relative, it’s hard to ignore (and swallow) the inherent advantages both Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have. In the wake of a potential matchup of Bush vs. Clinton in 2016, I hope more voters begin to question how ingrained these two families have become in American