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  •  Another son of an unsuccessful candidate. (14+ / 0-)

    I don't know if it's that they grew up in politics or a need to beat the old man.  I am really tired of dynasty candidates.

    •  It's kind of hard to avoid (4+ / 0-)

      If nothing else, dynastic candidates get big advantages from name recognition, and they also get access to networks, opportunities for early political work, etc.  Plenty of politicians are the products of dynasties one way or another--look at Cuomo's colleagues in high New York office.  Gillibrand, Paterson, Spitzer are all products of political or financial dynasties to some large or small extent.  (Schumer, say what you will, seems to be a political self-made-man.)

      26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 07:15:56 PM PST

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      •  also worth pointing out that pols make so much (2+ / 0-)
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        auapplemac, cynndara

        money these days in "gifts" and speaking fees and board of directors positions etc. that their progeny usually grow up not just being blessed with the family name (and the rolodex that comes with), but a crapton of seed money as well.

        very few __ jr.s grew up poor or middle class.

    •  It's a natural result (1+ / 0-)
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      Christopher Walker

      of the gradual hardening of class and wealth barriers: the development of a hereditary political caste.  Typically happens about 200 years after conquest and settlement of a new territory or a major redistribution of capital (aka "land reform").  Ours was held back a little by the extended period of opportunity provided by having an entire CONTINENT to conquer and resettle, but is otherwise quite on typical schedule (as is the current level of conflict between the stratified classes, known as "stasis" in ancient Greek city-states).

      Either we now revolt, redistribute capital and rewrite the Constitution, or we settle into a stable, long-term mode with inflexible hierarchy, some minimal legal protections for the lower classes, and very little class/caste mixing.  Choose.  You have roughly 50 years in which to decide.

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