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Re: Dynasties

Brian Kalt writes in about some other implications of a two-term Clinton win:

1. It will be seven consecutives terms with a Yalie in the White House.

2. The GOP will have gone a whopping 88 years since winning without either a Bush or Nixon on the ticket, if you count VPs.

3. The 40 years you posit for the Dems (1976-2016) would not come close to the 52 years of only winning with a Cleveland (From the last win–Buchanan in 1856–through 1908, before Wilson won in 1912).

And more ominously:

1. The only other two sitting senators to be elected–Harding and Kennedy–both died in office.

2. The presidential New Yorkers all either served only a partial, inherited term (Arthur, Fillmore); were defeated when running a second time (TR 1912, Cleveland 1888, Van Buren 1840), or died in office (FDR).

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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