All in the Family

Thanks to the Political Wire for the alert:

A cadre of Bush’s second cousins have come out in forceful support of Kerry. On their site, Bush Relatives for Kerry, they announce that “blood is thinner than oil.” And they’re right.

Of course, as Political Wire also points out, Bush and Kerry are themselves cousins, twice-removed. It seems that something like 10 or 12 generations ago the children of Edmund Reade (1563-1623) and Elizabeth Cooke (1578-1637) married spouses who are direct forebears of President Bush and Senator Kerry.