The Democratic Party is turning into a boring club for old people, angsty geezer Harry Reid said in an interview published earlier this week.
The 77-year-old career politician, who recently retired as Senate Minority Leader, has a reputation for speaking his mind, and he’s not very impressed with the field of presidential candidates Democrats must turn to if they want to throw Donald Trump out of the White House in 2020.
“It appears we’re going to have an old-folks’ home,” Reid said when asked about the Democratic field in 2020. “We’ve got [Elizabeth] Warren; she’ll be 71. Biden will be 78. Bernie [Sanders] will be 79.”
At age 69, losing candidate and notable grandmother Hillary Clinton is actually on the younger side compared to the politicians Democrats might nominate in 2020. There are indications Hillary might be considering another run for president, despite her 0-2 record thus far.
Some Democrats have been trying to do something about their party’s aging leadership. For example, Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) led a half-hearted and ultimately unsuccessful effort to oust Nancy Pelosi, 76, from the House Minority Leader position. Reid was replaced in the Senate by the comparatively youthful Chuck Schumer, who turned 66 in November.
If Democrats are interested in fielding a younger candidate to run against Trump in 2020, they’ll have plenty of options, including:
- Lena Dunham (30)
- Ivanka Trump (35)
- Chelsea Clinton (36)
- Lin-Manuel Miranda (36)
- Michelle Obama (52)
- George Clooney (55)
- Oprah Winfrey (62)
That would make for a very entertaining Democratic primary. If Donald Trump has taught us anything, though, it’s that youth is overrated. This year’s Republican field of promising young candidates was demolished by a “high energy” 70-year-old with eight grandchildren. So don’t count out Joe Biden just yet.
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