Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was among a panel of decorated speakers who gathered on Tuesday to discuss how modern social and political dynamics are affecting the current state of government, journalism and policy in America.
Much to the establishment’s chagrin, the Republican primary has instead become a melee of seemingly countless contenders, each competing for attention and striving to set him or herself apart, with political “outsiders” polling the most favorably.
Matthew Cohen ’18 and Johnathan Bowes ’15 go head to head on the current email scandal involving potential presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. Cohen argues this should have no effect on her candidacy while Bowes claims her actions should make people question her values.
So Democrats should be thrilled, right? Well, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and neither is there ever a free election. The solidification of the Party behind Hillary is happening to a dangerous degree. By failing to have a genuinely competitive primary, we risk failing to vet the next generation of Democratic leaders.
In his column “Not another Clinton, not another Bush,” Daily columnist Joel Gottsegen rightly points out the potential corrupting influence of nepotism in American politics. But, missing from Gottsegen’s impassioned advocacy is an analysis of why Clinton remains the frontrunner of the Democratic Party and why Bush tops the list of potential Republicans. Is it that Americans are so bedazzled by the personalities of political aristocrats that we become blind to the merit of its candidates? Are we unwilling to look beyond the party platform for political inspiration?
What would it mean if Hillary or Jeb were to win the White House? In the case of a two-term presidency, it would mean 44 years of nearly uninterrupted Bush-Clinton political hegemony. George H. W. Bush became Vice President in 1981. Since then, a Bush or a Clinton was President or Vice President until 2008.