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116 Million

10:53 AM, Sep 28, 2007 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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According to the AP, that's the number of Americans for whom there has never "been a time when there wasn't a Bush or Clinton in the White House, either as president or vice president." I'm one of them!

The rest of the AP story concerns political dynasties. It doesn't contain much new information. There's a quote from . . . David Gergen, the conventional-wisdom machine who worked for both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Still, it's always worth remembering that intangible concerns--do we really want two families dominating the executive branch of the federal government for more than two decades?--play a difficult-to-quantify role in voters' decisions.

Which is why, in the end, a candidate who embraces change might have broad appeal.