It is remarkable that four of the leading likely candidates to become the next President of the United States have had close relatives who were Presidents or were serious candidates for President. The dominant Democrat, Hillary Clinton, is married to Bill Clinton. On the Republican side, Jeb Bush who is perhaps a slight frontrunner, counts both his father and brother among former Presidents. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President in 2012, is also the son of George Romney, a prominent candidate himself. And Rand Paul is the son of Ron Paul, a perennial candidate for President.
In a relatively meritocratic nation, how can our candidates for President have such a hereditary cast? Perhaps it just happens that, of the 200 million adults in the United States, four of the best qualified candidates are close relatives of other Presidents or presidential candidates? But there is a less happy answer: our campaign finance system provides advantages to the politically well connected and hardly anyone is as well connected as the close relatives of those who have been Presidents or have run substantial campaigns.