The Very Gray Democratic Party
The Atlantic makes an observation that I have been making for a long time and that is that the Democratic Party is not very good at finding rising stars and young candidates and getting them to run for office.
Scott Walker is 47. Paul Ryan is 45 and has been in Congress since his 20s. Lee Zeldin was just elected to the House of Representatives and is 35.Elise Stefanik is 30 and also a Congressional Freshman. Saira Blair became famous last November for winning an election to the West Virginia House of Representatives at 18.
Patrick Murphy is a Democratic member of the House from Florida and is 31. There are two Democratic Senators (Brian Schatz and Chris Murphy) who are in their early 40s. Otherwise the average Democratic politician seems much older.
The GOP cultivation of young people has seemingly been true for longer than I have been alive. I remember during the 2004 Presidential Election, videos going around the net of a very young Karl Rove speaking to the press as a member of Young Republicans or College Republicans about the importance of Nixon’s reelection. He looked every bit the hippie (paisley shirt, Lennon glasses, and all). There is a College Democrats group but it does not seem to be as important for launching rising stars as the Young Republicans.
Why do you think this is? Why are the GOP able to get more candidates in and at younger ages?