Ira Stoll on Jeb Bush and George H.W. Bush

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Even without Father's Day approaching later this month, writes Ira Stoll, it would be hard to escape the feeling that fathers are playing an outsized role in this year's presidential race.

Senator Rand Paul is in the headlines for forcing an expiration of some provisions of the Patriot Act, a law that his father, Ron Paul, voted against as a congressman in 2001. The incumbent, Barack Obama, was elected in part on the basis of a bestselling pre-presidential memoir titled Dreams From My Father. Perhaps the most intriguing father-son dynamic, though, involves Jeb Bush and President George H.W. Bush.

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