November 7, 2004

The Case Against Hillary

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at November 7, 2004 12:38 PM

I'm stunned by how many people around Berkeley are talking excitedly about a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy in 2008. I've already had one or two occasions to explain why I think this is a terrible idea, but henceforth I can just direct people to today's post from Josh Marshall, which absolutely nails it.

I've generally cited the pragmatic argument against Clinton '08, but I'm glad I'm not the only one deeply troubled by this:

I don't like the idea of the presidency becoming the private preserve of a few chosen families. It's bad for democracy, even if a given individual might have much to recommend him or her as a candidate.

Since many are now talking up the possibility of Jeb Bush running for president in 2008, that opens up at least the theoretical possibility that one family could hold the White House for most of a 28 year period (1989-2017). Whether you're a Republican or Democratic, Bush-lover or Bush-hater, that can't be good for republican government in the United States.

When I see the way people flock to the next Bush/Clinton/Kennedy, sometimes I wonder whether a need for hereditary monarchy is part of human nature...


Let me give you the URL for a quote I submitted and got published in a local free magazine:

I think I showed you this before, but given this blog entry, now seems like a good time to reiterate that comment (which I have posted on my door).

By the way, I finally got cornered for my faculty photo (which I successfully avoided for 2 years), and I insisted that my Summer Fun Cthulhu be in the picture as well. This has not yet appeared in the department display case. I'll send you a link if/when it gets scanned in.

Posted by: Mason | November 8, 2004 8:32 PM
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