Keeping it in the family: The ruling families of the US
It is a startling yet oft-forgotten fact that had the favourite for the Democratic Party presidential nomination succeeded in 2008, the highest office in the world’s premier democracy would have been shared exclusively between two families for an unbroken 28 years.
That is, had Hillary Clinton beaten Barack Obama in the 2008 primary race (as expected), she would in all likelihood, have replaced the 43rd president George W. Bush, who, after two unhappy terms had succeeded her husband and 42nd president, Bill Clinton.
Forty-two did two successful if tumultuous terms having replaced 41, George H W Bush after one ultimately unpopular term.
Some democracy it would have looked like: The two ruling families of their respective parties, the Bushes of Texas and the Clintons of Arkansas handing the White House back and forth between them from 1988 all the way through to 2016 when the current Democratic term ends.
The Obama victory in the 2008 primary broke the lineage and saved the country from what would have been an undemocratic optic. But it is by no means over.
Few realise that as a senior member of the Obama cabinet to date, Hillary has, technically speaking, been in the line of succession to the presidency anyway.
Now, with her retirement, there is talk of ex-president Bill (42) succeeding her at the State Department. Apparently it is it the question among other things, of his eligibility due to the two-term-maximum set out in the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution and the fact that as a minister, he may be deemed to be in the presidential line again.
Back on Hillary, many Democrats and people the world over would love to see her go all the way in 2016 following Obama’s second term.
At what would be age 69 by then, it seems unlikely yet it remains a distinct possibility.
And don’t forget, there’s always young Chelsea Clinton.
The now 32 year old effectively grew up in the White House - you could say it is in her blood.
And she’s not the only one.
The other big name being seriously discussed for 2016? You guessed it, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
You wouldn’t read about it.
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