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"Many of the Bush and gore kids who aren't politicians but somehow, presto, became zillionarres."

Though I obviously disagree with his politics, one has to admire a person like DeMint. Many folk, after getting elected to $100K per year political office magically accumulate multi-million dollar fortunes after just a few years in office. DeMint left office as broke as he was when he entered. Of course, he is making a lot of money now but I doubt if that is why he quit the senate.

As to politician kids in general, they generally have two parents and the non-politician spouse may have as much to do with how they turn out as their famous parent. In general, it is up to the parents if they instill them with a sense of public service or if they are just out to enrich themselves.

Politics is not some sort of team sport where politicians actually make sacrifices for either their team or their purported cause. Jessie Jackson Jr., much like his father, seemed to only care about enriching himself. With the slightest bend toward public service, he would have retired the last cycle instead of running for office again.

The much maligned Mitch McConnell used to say that his proudest moment in government was when he was a senate aide, helping the then-senator from Kentucky round up republican votes for one of the civil rights bills. He is married to an Asian woman, a professional woman. Looking only at his background, one would think either liberal-democrat or old style Rockefeller Republican. But he is nominally a leader in the current republican party and goes along to get along. I wouldn't be surprised if any of his kids turn up at some 99% rally or some such thing.

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