The Democrats' weak bench...

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  1. Revmitchell

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    The Democratic presidential candidates are a sad lot. Hillary Clinton is clumsily positioning herself inside the left wing of her party. She won’t take questions. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is 73, looks 10 years older, and says a 90 percent income-tax rate would be fine with him. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island didn’t run for reelection as governor in 2014 because his approval rating was so low. Jim Webb, the former senator from Virginia, is a better novelist than politician. As a campaigner, he’s invisible. Martin O’Malley, ex-governor of Maryland, is chiefly famous for his enthusiasm for taxing anything and everything....

    .....They’re old and tired and unimaginative. In the past, Democrats won the White House with bright, energetic, young candidates. In 1960, John F. Kennedy was 43. Bill Clinton was 46 in 1992. Franklin Roosevelt was 50 when he won the presidency in 1932. Today the youngest of the Democratic Five is O’Malley. He’s 52.

    The Republican presidential race, in sharp contrast, features a whole new generation of candidates in their 40s: Marco Rubio (44), Bobby Jindal (43), Ted Cruz (44), and Scott Walker (47). Rand Paul and Chris Christie are slightly older at 52.

    In Congress, Republicans are simply younger. The average age of House members is 54 for Republicans, 59 for Democrats. In the Senate, it’s 60 for Republicans, 62 for Democrats

    For good reason, voters have a preference for electing governors to the White House. They’ve done things and have records. Senators give speeches and vote on legislation. Among Republicans, Jindal, Walker, Christie, Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, and John Kasich have impressive records as governors. Democrats have Chafee, a flop as governor, and O’Malley, the tax man.

    The simple truth is Democrats have a weak bench at the presidential level, Republicans a strong one. This is also true at the state level, where Republicans dominate. Democrats hold 18 of 50 governorships and a mere 30 of 98 legislative chambers. Republicans are blessed with the most legislative seats they’ve controlled since the 1920s. Democrats are barely hanging on.


    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/slim-pickings_958517.html
     
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    The Republicians do need to remember Regans 11th Commandment.
     
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    I think there isn't enough Democrats running and too many Republicans, but I think Hillary at least is a formidable opponent.

    I really want the 2016 nominee to be from Generation X - these boomer presidents (Clinton, GWB, Obama) haven't worked out so well. There's nobody from that generation running on the Democratic side but I hope a fellow gen x ultimately wins.
     
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    My impression is Hillary is being set up for an international embarrassment. She can't sell tickets to her events. Bundlers are dumping her. The scandals are growing. She looks insane in her press pics. We might be witnessing the death of a black star and watch out when she finally crumbles.
     
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    He numbers are dropping and the drive by media have begun to turn on her.
     
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    Hillary will likely get the nomination because the Democratic bench is too thin, but also because "it's her turn". "It's my turn" didn't work out for the Republicans when they ran Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. Let's hope it doesn't work out for Hillary.

    To anyone under the age of 35 or so I think she's going to have the image of being an old lady.
     

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