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This is rich. From Politico, the headline Nepotism Nation: Dems embrace dynasty politics.

Examples? Caroline Kennedy, of course. Hillary Clinton, of course. The possibility that Beau Biden will ultimately run for his father's Senate seat. The possibility that John Salazar will replace Ken Salazar as Colorado's senator. The unlikely chance that Jesse Jackson Jr. would replace Obama as Illinois senator.

The result, according to Politico writer Charles Mahtesian?

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 Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), the former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “They’ve got seat-warmers, seat-sellers and the making of pillows for the seats of royalty. No wonder the public wonders what’s going on in Washington.”

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Pardon me while I try to catch my breath after being exposed to a political journalist expecting me to take seriously a quote from the 2006 NRCC chair explaining how Democrats have trouble winning elections.

That Tom Reynolds would try to push a partisan spin you take for granted. That Mahtesian wouldn't step back and say "now, how many seats did the Republicans lose under this guy's leadership just two years ago" is absurd.

Oops. I got over the shock-filled laughter at that, and now I have to struggle with my amazement that this article wants to pin dynasty politics on Democrats while George W. Bush is still president.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 10:20 AM PST.

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