A good way to get a fresh perspective on U.S. politics is to read the foreign press. The Economist has a little blurb that the distinguish analyst J Olin Grabbe calls - American Politics for Dummies. What is revealing about the list of current want-a-bees is that many come from familiar families and most of the rest have been in government before. If you get past the partisan affiliations, what is clear is a pattern - to join the accepted political class one needs to adopt a willingness to get the nomination from the DemocRATS or the RepubliCANT'S.
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