While “Dynasty” was a popular TV series in the 1980s, it remains to be seen if Americans will embrace the idea of a few elite families ruling over the rest of us.
Conservatives will agree with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on little when it comes to policy, but there may be common ground in the Democrat’s distaste for family dynasties in American politics.
Likely finding himself up against the Clinton machine should he formally challenge probable Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, O’Malley said during an MSNBC interview aired Friday that being president is not a “hereditary right,” according to The Weekly Standard.
And while he dismissed the notion that recently announced GOP presidential contender U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is part of such a dynasty, O’Malley let it be known his lack of appetite extends to both parties.
“You’ve got [Jeb] Bush, you’ve got Paul, you’ve got Clinton. Three potential dynasties right there,” host Ari Melber said. “Are there too many dynasties?”
“You’re calling the Pauls a dynasty?” a skeptical O’Malley replied, before narrowing his response to “two families” — the White House has been occupied by a Bush or Clinton for 20 of the past 26 years.
“Look, I think the presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth between two families, O’Malley said. “It’s supposed to be a contest of ideas and opportunity for candidates to earn this awesome trust.”
“I don’t believe that it’s a hereditary right.”
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