Who Glenn Greenwald Forgot
Glenn Greenwald is supposedly upset at the concept of American Royalty. Notice anyone he may have left out?
They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager, Luke Russert, Liz Cheney, Megan McCain and Jonah Goldberg, and they should have Chris Wallace moderate it. They can all bash affirmative action and talk about how vitally important it is that the U.S. remain a Great Meritocracy because it's really unfair for anything other than merit to determine position and employment. They can interview Lisa Murkowski, Evan Bayh, Jeb Bush, Bob Casey, Mark Pryor, Jay Rockefeller, Dan Lipinksi, and Harold Ford, Jr. about personal responsibility and the virtues of self-sufficiency. Bill Kristol, Tucker Carlson and John Podhoretz can provide moving commentary on how America is so special because all that matters is merit, not who you know or where you come from.
Putting aside that many autoworker's, or carpenter's children often become that very thing themselves, he does have at least something of a point. James Joyner agrees to some degree.
However, with a Delaware Senate seat now being kept warm for the VP's son, more Kennedys than one can shake a stick at over the years (Ted's wife as an interim is being talked up), Bill and now Hillary having her day in the sun, Conyer's crooked wife as a local pol, Pelosi's daughter doing political media for bucks, Michelle Obama's six figure slip into a position that never existed before, the Daley's of Chicago, so forth and so on - even when Greenwald mentions Democrats, they tend to be of a more centrist, or moderate stripe.
I think were his outrage just a bit more politically balanced, I'd take it as more honest. For the most part, his list seems to have more to do with a political agenda, more so than it does a respect for meritocracy. Or, maybe he's just pissed that, as a gay liberal, there won't be anyone there to take the baton after he's had his run.