“The relatives and former aids [sic] of congressional members together control approximately 20 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Within this are many of the important positions of leadership, and the power of these clans is increasing in the last decades of the twentieth century as the importance of the political parties decline. For most tribes, kinship is the only one resource used by rising leaders, but in Washington kinship and marriage are fast becoming defining principles that determine who gets and who holds power. Once families and clans become as established and enduring as they now seem to be in American politics, they deviate from tribal politics and take a major step toward the familial politics of reigning aristocracies and royal dynasties.”
– Jack Weatherford, Ph.D., Macalester College, St. Paul
Weatherford, Jack (1993). “Tribal Politics in Washington.” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Vol. 16 (1).