So, I’m checking out the excellent profile of Jeb Bush’s religious outreach by Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley in the National Journal and was struck by something extraordinary. (Also, log onto the Hugniverse and check out Hugh’s interview with Alberta in the first hour yesterday.) About mid-way through the piece is a photo of a youthful Jeb hugging his father during his 1994 gubernatorial bid. It is a moving picture and the familial affection is quite evident. That transparent genuine affection is in sharp contrast to the emotional content of photos of the Clinton family.
If the 2016 general election indeed ends up as another round of Bush v Clinton, as much as there will be a contrast of party and policy, there will be a contrast of family. The Bushes by all external appearances are a traditional, and large, family extending over several generations. The Clintons appear functional, in their own unusual way, and not much else.