–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Political Nepotism

New York Senator and 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is, of course, the wife of former president Bill Clinton. The two met while at Yale Law School (left), where Hillary became a partner in Bill's dream of someday becoming president (and perhaps her own dream of becoming president, as well). The couple married in 1975, with Hillary keeping her maiden name. Bill became governor of Arkansas in 1978, then lost re-election. When he ran again in 1982, Hillary began using her husband's last name as a way of softening her image among traditional-minded Arkansans. However, tax records show that her full legal name was still Hillary Rodham even as Bill ran for president in 1992. Following Bill's two terms as president, the couple took an idea from Bobby Kennedy's playbook and settled in heavily Democratic New York as a way of enhancing Hillary's chances of being elected to the U.S. Senate. Will Hillary fulfill her dream of becoming the first female president? Will the Clinton's become the first couple to have both partners elected president? Stay tuned!

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