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Political dynasties: Even matriarchs see limits

Barbara Bush was characteristically blunt when an interviewer asked whether she wanted to see her second son make a bid for the White House in 2016. He’d be “by far the best-qualified man,” she said, “but no, I really don’t.” As the first woman since Abigail Adams to be the wife of one president and the mother of another, Bush might have been expected to be all for keeping the presidency a family affair. Instead she seems to have come to the sensible conclusion that political dynasties aren’t healthy for a democracy.

“There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve had enough Bushes,” she observed.

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