On Presidential Dynasties

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

USA Today reports that, according to a recent USAToday/CNN/Gallop poll, 53% of Americans say they are likely to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president in 2008 (Link).

I’m frankly surprised that 53% of Americans have an opinion at all about who they would vote for in 2008, and it leads me to wonder if “I don’t know” was one of the possible answers given to respondents.  I suspect not.

I certainly haven’t made up my mind yet.  I have nothing against Hillary, and it would be nice to have a female Chief Executive in the White House.  But this will mean 16, or possibly 20, years of Presidents coming from two families.  It’s different from the Roosevelts, or even the Kennedys (if Bobby wasn’t assassinated), because in this instance, an entire generation will come of age only knowing “President Clinton” or “President Bush”.

That’s not Hillary’s fault, of course, and it shouldn’t be held against her.  If she’s the best candidate, I’ll vote for her.  But I was wondering if anyone else had reservations about “presidential dynasties”.