Obamas election accelerating trend toward dynasty politics in US

December 18th, 2008 - 3:23 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): President-elect Barack Obamas path to the White House included beating one of the United States most powerful families, but his election last month is helping accelerate the trend toward dynasty politics.

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of a former president and the niece of two senators is pursuing the seat vacated by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton, the wife of the former president, Politico.com reported.

Joe Bidens Senate seat may go to his son Beau. Colorado Senator Ken Salazar, Obamas pick for Interior Secretary, could end up being replaced by his brother, John Salazar.

And Obamas own seat could go to the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. - less likely now in light of developments in the Rod Blagojevich scandal - or to the daughter of Illinois current House speaker.

The U.S. Senate could end up looking like an American version of the House of Lords and Republicans have begun to take notice.

Democrats seem to lack a common man who can just win a good, old-fashioned election, said Republican Tom Reynolds, the former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Theyve got seat-warmers, seat-sellers and the making of pillows for the seats of royalty. No wonder the public wonders whats going on in Washington.

While Obamas election and subsequent Cabinet appointments may have accelerated the trend toward dynasty, hes hardly responsible for it, the website reported.

There is a rich bipartisan history of dynasty in American politics that dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers; Obama-Biden actually represents the first winning ticket since 1976 without a son or a grandson of a US senator on it.

In 2008, the storied Udall clan, sometimes referred to as the Western Kennedys, saw two members elected to the Senate- Mark from Colorado and Tom from New Mexico. In 2010, Floridas Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents and the grandson of a senator, could join them in the Senate.

All told, its entirely possible that the Senate will be comprised of nearly a dozen congressional offspring by the end of Obamas first term as president, Politico said.

In the 111th Congress next year, there will be 21 House members with a parent who also served in Congress - plus five wives who currently hold their late husbands seats. (ANI)

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