HOT BLAST: What's your name?
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Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney
American law says any eligible citizen can run for public office. Truth is, those "eligible citizens" who are "legacy candidates" stand a better chance of winning more often than not.

A report on National Public Radio's website this week, "The United States of Dynasty: Boom Times for Political Families," showed just how engrained this phenomena is in modern-day U.S. politics. And it goes much further than having two recent presidents named Bush or having the possibility of another Clinton in the White House or, for that matter, the historical significance of having the last names of Adams or Roosevelt.

The discussion originated with this month's news that Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will seek a U.S. Senate seat for Wyoming. But, NPR wrote, "Cheney is just one of a gaggle of legacy candidates running for the Senate next year. In the South, Sens. Mary Landrieu, daughter of the former New Orleans mayor and sister to the current mayor; and Mark Pryor, the son of former Arkansas Sen. David Pryor, are both seeking re-election. Out west, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, both sons of congressmen, are also vying for another term. So is Udall's cousin, Tom, who is New Mexico's senator and himself the son of a congressman.

"In fact, pick any place on the map and you're likely to find dynasty politics in full bloom. In Texas, George P. Bush, son of the ex-Florida governor and grandson of a president, is running for the statewide office of land commissioner. In Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, a senator's son, is running for his second term as governor."

-- Phillip Tutor
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