Does America have political dynasties?
Since 1976, how many presidential elections have not had either former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole or a member of the Bush Family on the Republican ticket as president or vice president?
The answer is two – in 2008 (Sen. John McCain and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin) and 2012 (former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Check the record.
|1976||Dole was the vice presidential running mate of President Gerald Ford. They lost to former President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale.|
|1980||George Herbert Walker Bush was the vice presidential candidate with Ronald Reagan at the top of the ticket. They beat Carter and Mondale.|
|1984||Reagan and Bush were re-elected, this time against Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro (the New York Democrat who was the first woman who was part of a major party ticket).|
|1988||George H.W. Bush was elected president along with former Vice President Dan Quayle. They beat former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis with Lloyd Bentsen, a senator from Texas.|
|1992||Bush and Quayle lost to former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and Tennessee Sen. Al Gore.|
|1996||Democrats Clinton and Gore defeated Dole, who had Jack Kemp of New York as a vice presidential running mate.|
|2000||George W. Bush, son of G.H.W. Bush, ran with Dick Cheney of Wyoming and they beat Gore and running mate Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Lieberman ran as a Democrat but now he is an Independent.|
|2004||Bush (41) and Cheney beat Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts who had Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina as his vice presidential running mate.|
|2008||Democrat Sen. Barack Obama with Sen. Joe Biden beat Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin.|
|2012||Obama and Biden beat Romney and Ryan.|
Now, Jeb Bush, also the son of George H.W. Bush and the brother of George W. Bush, is running for the GOP nomination. Should he win the presidency and then win another term, that would mean that a Bush was in the White House as president or vice president for 28 years in a 44-year span.
On the Democrat side, should Hillary Clinton win the presidency and get re-elected in 2020, that would mean that she and her husband Bill would have been in the White House for 16 out of the last 32 years.
It is not unprecedented for people in the same family to be elected president.
John Adams was the second president of the United States. Thomas Jefferson was his vice president. Adams was a federalist while Jefferson was a Democratic-Republican – whatever that was.
In 1824, Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, also a Democratic Republican, was elected fifth president of the United States. John Quincy Adams was vice president when James Monroe was president.
Republican Theodore Roosevelt of New York was elected president in 1904. In 1932, his fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York, was elected to the first of four terms on the Democrat ticket. We later amended the Constitution to limit presidents to two four-year terms.
Should Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton not get votes because of their famous relatives?
No, of course not. Clinton shouldn’t get votes because she would be a terrible president that would subject the nation to the worst policies of her philandering husband and Barack Obama – the most liberal president in our history.
Jeb Bush is already putting distance between him and his brother by using campaign logos that say “Jeb!” instead of “Bush.”
The real problem for conservative, Evangelical Republicans is that we cannot get the GOP to nominate a social and economic conservative. All the Republican candidates talk like a conservatives but when they get elected, they shift to the middle. That’s what happened to George W. Bush. Will Jeb do the same thing?
It is interesting to note that the Democrats have essentially already handed to nomination to Clinton while there may be as many as 20 genuine GOP hopefuls. Nominating Hillary would be a “coronation” of sorts.
A presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush would disappoint a lot of people who want to see new blood.
But history repeats itself and those are who we could get stuck with.