Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Too much inbreedin'

Maybe the trouble with American politics is there's not enough new blood, literally. There are just too many marriages within the same gene pool. Here are a few examples.

Andrew Cuomo, who plans to run for Attorney General of New York, is the son of former Governor Mario Cuomo and is married to Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, sister of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. They were separated last year.

Senator Barbara Boxer's daughter, Nicole Boxer married Tony Rodham in a White House wedding in 1994. Tony Rodham is Hillary Clinton's brother. They were divorced in 2000.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is married to Maria Shriver, daughter of Sargent Shriver whose wife is Eunice Kennedy Shriver whose mother is a sister of President John F. Kennedy.

John Kerry took a run at marrying into the Kennedy clan in 1962 when he dated Janet Jennings Auchincloss, Jacqueline Kennedy's half-sister. That romance didn't go any further, but Kerry would later marry Teresa Simoes-Ferreira Heinz, best known as heiress to the ketchup fortune. But Teresa's deceased husband, H. John Heinz, was also a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and a Republican.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, please find something better to do with your life.

Sammy Bodean said...

Anonymous: Why respond? Why even read this blog? At least give your name. Make something up. Someone might confuse you with anonymous of Gladewater. He/She at least was well spoken and well read (yes, quite a bit misguided)and made a point. Your comment, however, was just a worthless piece of....never mind. thc...blog on!

thc said...

Thank you, Sammy.

little john said...

Sammy, I am the anonymous that was debating the Iraq/MLK issue with you. I didn't post this. I wasn't using my name because of difficulty posting a comment on Blogger. But, I will say about this THC post that politics, like many businesses, is incestuous. Also, can you define well read?

thc said...

Little John: When I started The Happy Capitalist I wanted it to be easy for anyone to express themselves so I allowed anonymous comments. I guess I was too optimistic about human nature. I've changed my position on the anonymous comments, but I hope that doesn't dissuade you from visiting and participating. I enjoy your input. Thanks.

Sammy Bodean said...

LJ: I never thought for a moment that the other anonymous was you. Well read...clearly you have read something. The other anon? Has he read anything? thc: don't allow one comment to dictate what you do. As for Sammy...still smarting over Badgers loss to Illinois.

BAH said...

Nicole Boxer and Tony Rodham were a pair? I honestly had no idea and I thought I was fairly current. Please tell me they didn't have children prior to the divorce!

thc said...

Nicole and Tony had a son, Zachary. Sorry.

littlejohn said...

Thanks for the kind words THC and Sammy. THC: I enjoy the blog. Sammy: After our talk about MLK I did some MLK reading. I had read "Letters From A Birmingham Jail" in college but wasn't real familiar with all of his work. Read an interesting thing about the 1968 election. MLK liked RFK. Wierd how things turn out.

littlejohn said...

THC & Sammy: Thanks for the kind words. After the post about MLK and Sammy's prodding I looked at some MLK writings. I had read "Letters from a Birmingham Jail" in college but some of his other stuff is just as great. Great comments on the 68' election. MLK liked RFK. Couldn't find any comments on abortion although I saw a pretty daming comment on abortion in 1970 from Jesse Jackson. I guess his views on that subject have evolved, maybe like Cheney's Iraq views have evloved from 1990 to 2003.