Not just really old, mostly white, and well. Thanks to the colossal failures of the clown in the White House, Democrats have been decimated nationwide and the people they’re propping up as being young as pretty much unknowns or complete nonentities. So is it any wonder the media’s obsessing over Ben Carson’s book and Marco Rubio’s credit card bills?
Democrats lean heavily on young voters to win elections, but their leading candidates for the White House are 68-year-old Hillary Clinton and 74-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The two other Democrats who were often implored to enter the race are Vice President Biden, 72, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 66.
Democrats are led on Capitol Hill by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) — who are both 75.
Pelosi’s top two lieutenants are 76-year-old Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and 75-year-old Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.). In comparison, Reid’s expected successor as Democratic leader in the next Congress is a relative spring chicken: Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is 64.
Spring chicken. Yeah, without the youthful 64-year-old Schumer the rest of them are the cast of Cocoon.
The age of the Democratic Party’s lynchpins is a sensitive subject as the party prepares for life after 54-year-old President Obama.
Since Obama’s election in 2008, Democrats have wracked up net losses amounting to more than 900 seats in state legislatures, almost 70 House seats, 13 Senate seats and 12 governors’ mansions.
It would be interesting to see the media analyze why they’ve lost all those seats.
That has left Democrats with a seemingly thin bench as the party seeks to hold on to the Oval Office in part with appeals that it is the natural home for millennials.
It also stands in contrast with a Republican Party suddenly energized by an infusion of reliative youth. The GOP’s leaders now include 45-year-old Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), 44, is now a leading contender for the GOP’s presidential nomination, as is 44-year-old Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas).
Discussions about younger Democrats who can perform in the glare of the national spotlight tend to begin and end with 48-year-old Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), 46-year-old Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and a pair of 41-year-old twins: Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas) and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
Julian Castro is frequently mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate on a Clinton-led ticket.
The Castro brothers? Child, please.
Other relatively youthful Democrats have their fans, including Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (44), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (46) and California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris (51). But they are seen only as promising prospects at this point.
Three people nobody’s heard of. Sure, let’s prop them up.
Republican strategist Ford O’Connell insists that Democrats have “no bench.” He also asserted that the paucity of maturing talent was a consequence of the election losses Democrats have suffered since the 2008 high point of Obama’s election.
Such losses “could hurt them for more than a decade,” according to O’Connell.
But outside experts who acknowledge the scale of Democratic losses don’t think the implications are so dire.
“Much of the Democratic bench in the states has been thinned by several punishing election cycles,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. “Nonetheless young voters are attracted to the Democratic message of inclusion and willingness to spend on education and health care. Alternatively, the Republican message strikes many younger voters, especially single women, as harsh and stingy.”
It does? Really? News to us and voters nationwide who keep electing Republicans.