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Americans appear comfortable with political dynasties:


Americans appear comfortable with political dynasties:

There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly [sign in to see URL] months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he's actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination. And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't revealed her intentions, she's seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination.

Between them, the two potential rivals have three presidents and a U.S. senator in the branches of their family trees. And three governors, as well. Why are these two families so dominant in modern politics? It turns out that even though Americans profess to reject dynasties, in politics they're quite comfortable with familiar names. And a famous name can bring a candidate instant brand recognition, important fund-raising connections and a ready network of political contacts. It may also suggest competence at a time of dysfunction — like now. "Power begets power," says Dartmouth College political scientist Brendan Nyhan. "Dynasties can self-perpetuate."
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{Kennedys, Clintons and Bush's. Those names have dominated modern American politics for better or worse. It doesn't seem it will end anytime soon either. Many people are sicken by the thought of yet another Clinton or Bush as President but I suspect they will go and vote for one or the other because they dislike the alternative. Voting against someone rather than voting for someone is not that uncommon.

How can a nation with around 319 million people have so little choice in who becomes President? Certainly a two party system limits the choice and that is unlikely to change anytime soon? It seems the more recognisable the name the more likely you can become President. Is that just laziness on the electorates part? A lack of interest in getting to know unfamiliar names? Are we getting what we deserve because we don't demand a better choice? What do you think?}

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