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De politiske familiedynastier har gavnet USA

Dynastierne fra Roosevelt til Bush-familien har gavnet USA, skriver amerikansk historiker i Washington Post.

Joseph P. Kennedy senior (d. 1969), USA's ambassadør til Storbritannien 1938-1940, sidder i midten med den nærmeste familier omkring sig. Med uret fra venstre side i bunden: Robert, Eunice, John (USA's 35. præsident), Kathleen, Joe Jr., Rosemary, Teddy, Patricia og Jean.  Foto: AP

INTERNATIONAL KOMMENTAR - Last year, when Jeb Bush was mulling a presidential campaign, his mother, Barbara, spoke for a majority of Americans when she declared that besides »the Kennedys, Clintons [and] Bushes, there are just more families than that« who should be considered presidential timber.

An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll in 2014 found that nearly 70 percent of Americans agreed that a Bush-Clinton matchup would be distasteful; columnist Ross Douthat captured one reason for the dissatisfaction when he observed that »Bush-Clinton dominance . . . [is] probably somehow connected to stratification and elite consolidation and other non-ideal patterns in American life.«..

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