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Democratic Field: No Youth, No Diversity

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers an address to Liberty University students at the school in Lynchburg, Virginia, September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jay Paul
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders

The most recent GOP debate, highlighted freshness and variety of the Republican candidates compared with the monochromatic field for the Democrats. The leading Democrats are all white Anglos, 68 or older, and they’ve all worked as professional politicians since their 20s; Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden have each been part of the Washington establishment for more than 20 years.

The GOP, by contrast, features three front runners—Trump, Carson and Fiorina—who have never held public office; Ben Carson and Rand Paul are both accomplished physicians who refocused their careers to heal our ailing system.

There’s also ethnic and age diversity totally missing among Democrats: Carson is black; Cruz and Rubio are Latino; Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul are all under 55. If the public wants youth, diversity and reform, they should compare the Republican candidates to the tired DC insiders the Democrats have put forward.

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  1. jguy  •  Sep 17, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    If the party names were reversed you would be touting the wisdom of age –
    Democrats evil – Republicans fantastic – same story.

    • Andrew  •  Sep 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      So Medved’s right. Hehe.

      • jguy  •  Sep 17, 2015 at 11:02 pm

        I would prefer some objectivity.

      • Andrew  •  Sep 18, 2015 at 1:57 am

        I mean about the lack of diversity in the Democratic field.

    • Brad  •  Sep 18, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      False, because the point of this article is to call out Democrats who claim to be all for youth, diversity, and reform while the available candidates for the party are anything but.

      I understand your point, but the point of this article is different, so Medved got it right while maintaining objectivity.

      • Andrew  •  Sep 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

        Exactly.

    • AJF  •  Sep 21, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Objectively, the Democrat field is old, white, and mostly male, all characteristics that, according to progressive Democrats, have disqualified Republican candidates. Objective enough for you or are you still having trouble?

  2. Danny R Hosey  •  Sep 18, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I think the tired ol seen”is long since burned out.With homework done thw job is like any other job.Personal contentment is a facter in honest. Stamina and strong in historys home work a big pluss.After all its teuw said our hind aight ia good forsight but how far back we go is vital.dealy vital now and to oue soon.

    • Brian Harmon, Retired Econ Professor  •  Sep 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Can anyone tell me what Danny is saying????
      Is he talking about the same subject???

      • Andrew  •  Sep 20, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        Haha. Thought the same thing.

      • AJF  •  Sep 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        I think we need to wait for him to wake up from his buzz.

  3. Kpar  •  Sep 18, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I have often wondered how the Democrats have managed to maintain the fiction of them being anti-establishment, despite the fact that they have controlled that very same establishment for decades.

    They blame conservatives for the ills of the country- but the conservatives have NEVER been in charge (at least not since Calvin Coolidge!)- otherwise there would have been a period in which government would have grown smaller, less intrusive, and less expensive. It certainly has NOT happened in my lifetime.

    Now the Dems are so old, it is no longer possible to ignore… and their longevity and control of the reins of power makes it impossible to hide.

    • Dan  •  Sep 29, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      The government adding more rules and regulations intended to stop women from having an abortion? I’d say that’s intrusive and a conservative idea.

      The people can’t smoke marijuana because it’s bad for us? That’s a conservative idea.

      How about gays getting married? Nope, the people can’t choose that they want to do that, again, a conservative idea.

      Go look up budget deficits by year and look at which side of the aisle the president is. Higher government deficits, again, a conservative idea.

      The republicans and democrats are both for large, intrusive governments, they just differ on where and how that pressure should be applied.

  4. mark  •  Sep 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Funny that it was back in 2008 after the election that some were calling the Republican Party as now a “regional party” only. The Democrats had the whole enchilada. Along with a super majority in the Senate. Now, after two national elections the Democrats have lost over a thousand seats in public office nationwide. And look poised to lose the White House too. Quite an accomplishment for a “regional party”.

    • Dan  •  Sep 29, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      I don’t believe any of the republican candidates could beat Bernie Sanders in a national election.

  5. mark  •  Sep 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Funny that it was back in 2008 after the election that some were calling the Republican Party as now a “regional party” only. The Democrats had the whole enchilada. Along with a super majority in the Senate. Now, after two national elections the Democrats have lost over a thousand seats in public office nationwide. And look poised to lose the White House too. Quite an accomplishment for a “regional party”.

  6. mark  •  Sep 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Funny that it was back in 2008 after the election that some were calling the Republican Party as now a “regional party” only. The Democrats had the whole enchilada. Along with a super majority in the Senate. Now, after two national elections the Democrats have lost over a thousand seats in public office nationwide. And look poised to lose the White House too. Quite an accomplishment for a “regional party”.

  7. mark  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I know my comment was “pithy” but even I don’t think is should have been repeated 3 times. But thanks for the acknowledgement.

  8. Derek Brewer  •  Sep 26, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I have always been impressed with the Democrats capacity to tell us what should be, and who should be. Large and loud with the populist rhetoric, but loyalist and static in action. Our major cities are corrupt and lethargic and consistently led by Democrats. Nationally the groomed Presidential candidates are; A) a wholly untrusted, shrill woman of little/no significant accomplishments B) a pseudo Socialist who is perpetually insignificant in the Senate C) A VP associated with the worst President in history, and a history of oafish remarks. No thank you.

    • Dan  •  Sep 29, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      A) Wait, so being the secretary of state is not a significant accomplishment? B) What do you mean a “pseudo Socialist?” I’m going to guess you don’t understand what a socialist is. C) The worst President in history according to whom exactly?

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