The Golden State used to be the state not just of the latest fads, but also the newest ideas. Well, tomorrow its junior Senator, Ma’am Barbara Boxer, turns 70 while the Governor-elect reached that milestone two-and-one-half years ago. He was old news when he ran for president eighteen years ago.
And neither, like some leaders who reach their political prime in their eighth decade, has, at least not in their recent campaigns done much to challenge the current way of thinking. They just want to return to the same old/same old. It is no wonder then that outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, clinging onto power as House Democratic Leader, is also from California. She’s even older than Mrs. Boxer.
Guess if the Democratic Party in the Golden State can’t come up with younger voices to helm the state or represent it in the Senate, then, well, Mrs. Pelosi thinks the septuagenarians should hold onto power in the House, even at the expense of pushing aside young blood. Glenn reminds us that in Mrs. Pelosi’s caucus there’s no room at the top for young Democrats“:
A younger generation of Democrats is chafing at being asked to stand aside and let a triumvirate of elders keep their leadership positions in the wake of a catastrophic midterm election result.
Barring an unexpected shake-up, House Democrats next year will be led by a combination of Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Steny Hoyer (Md.) and James Clyburn (S.C.) — lawmakers who are 70 or older and have served in Congress for decades.
Hey, Democrats, nothing personal. Ol’ Nancy still thinks trends begin in California. And if her state elects old politicians with old ideas, then, gosh darn it, she’s going to make sure that old politicians with old ideas lead her caucus well.