Thursday, September 24, 2015

Democrats' old, white presidential field

Democrats’ old, white presidential field and reliance on retread candidates shows there is “something wrong” with the party.
Ed Rogers writes in the Washington Post: There is something wrong with the Democratic Party. The candidate who is providing the only real sizzle in the Democratic presidential race right now is Bernie Sanders, a 74-year-old socialist senator from Vermont who is something of an oddball.
Hillary Clinton, their front-runner, a soon-to-be 68-year-old party stalwart, is stale, bogged down in scandal and can’t draw a crowd.
So, who is it that many in the Democratic Party are looking to as the party’s “savior” in the face of the unremarkable Democratic field so far?
Answer: Joe Biden, a 72-year-old, former six-term senator from Delaware and the current vice president.
And this isn’t the only evidence that the Democrats have a problem.
There is fundamentally something wrong with their candidate pool.
In the 2014 midterm elections, the Democrats’ top two senatorial candidates, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn in Georgia, were generational retreads trying to capitalize on famous fathers from a generation ago.
And the Democrats’ trophy gubernatorial candidate, Charlie Crist, was a former Republican governor of Florida.