Speaking Politics word of a week: ’14-year-rule’

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14-Year-Rule: A domestic credo – also famous as a “freshness test” – indicating that politicians have, in essence, a 14-year “sell-by date” between a time they win their initial vital elective bureau and possibly a presidency or clamp presidency. 

Former National Journal columnist Jonathan Rauch came adult with a judgment in 2003, yet he credited a presidential speechwriter named John McConnell. 

“It is good famous that to be inaugurated president, we flattering most have to have been a administrator or a U.S. senator,” wrote Mr. Rauch, who is now a comparison associate during a Brookings Institution. “What McConnell had figured out was this: No one gets inaugurated boss who needs longer than 14 years to get from his or her initial gubernatorial or Senate feat to possibly a presidency or a clamp presidency. Surprised, we scoured a story books and found that a order works astonishingly good going behind to a early 20th century, when a complicated epoch of presidential electioneering began.”

He pronounced it has shown that in prior elections, “the open wants seasoned fillies, though not aged mares.”

Barack Obama was inaugurated to a Senate in 2004 and became boss four years later. The timeline for his predecessors: 

  • George W. Bush: 6 years
  • Bill Clinton: 14
  • George H. W. Bush: 14
  • Ronald Reagan: 14
  • Jimmy Carter: 6
  • Richard Nixon: 6
  • John F. Kennedy: 14

The usually difference was Lyndon Johnson, who took 23 years to get from his initial House feat to a clamp presidency. Generals such as Dwight Eisenhower “and other famous personages can go true to a top,” Rauch wrote. 

The doubt now, of course, is possibly it relates to Hillary Clinton, who was initial inaugurated to a Senate 16 years ago, and Donald Trump, who’s never been inaugurated to anything. 

The Weekly Standard’s Jeffrey H. Anderson said final year that a order was “bad news” for Mrs. Clinton. Meanwhile, Rauch noted in 2012 that a Republican Party has turn some-more prone to commission less-seasoned possibilities than it had in a past. 

“That accords with what we know about a Republicans’ change toward anti-government populism,” he said. “They value knowledge less; indeed, experience, for many tea celebration types, is a liability. The change attracts newcomers who, in a Reagan-Ford-Dole era, would have been deserted as neophytes.”

More recently, Rauch wrote in an Atlantic repository cover story, “How American Politics Went Insane,” that Mr. Trump, along Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, “are demonstrating a new principle: The domestic parties no longer have possibly lucid bounds or enforceable norms, and, as a result, radical domestic function pays.” 

Chuck McCutcheon writes his “Speaking Politics” blog exclusively for Politics Voices.

Interested in decoding what possibilities are saying? Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark’s latest book, “Doubletalk: The Language, Code, and Jargon of a Presidential Election,” is now out.

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