If there’s one think Harry Reid knows, it’s old people.
The smell – lotion and pee – the mumbling and grumbling, the bizarre, hate-filled rants against anything different or unique.
That’s Harry Read. And when he looks at the Democratic field for 2020, he sees – and smells – the exact same thing. It’s an “old-folks’ home,” he mumbled between his rattling teeth during an interview with New York Magazine.
He doesn’t know if he could support Joe Biden should he choose to run (he’d be 78), or Elizabeth Warren (she’ll be 71) or even Bernie Sanders, who will be 79.
Reid himself is 77, so he would be rather up there in age by 2020. But if he does, the Democrat party will be a mix of old, white and very, very gray.
Indeed, as the Democratic Party looks to pick up the pieces from a tough November showing that shattered their hopes to keep the White House, make deep inroads in the House and retake the Senate, a roster of familiar faces has surfaced as top contenders for the next presidential election.
Biden repeatedly teased a 2020 run earlier this month but eventually conceded that he has “no plans” to run for president. Sanders is unlikely to run another presidential campaign, although he has said he will seek reelection for another six-year term in the Senate in 2018.
Should Sanders seek re-election in 2018 for the Senate, which he’d probably win, he’d be a billion years old when that term is up, give or take a couple years.
So what about Elizabeth Warren? She was vetted as a potential VP candidate alongside Hillary Clinton to form a historic two-woman ticket.
While she expressed confidence that she could be commander in chief, she lacked the foreign policy credentials of someone like Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who was tapped to join the Democratic ticket. She’ll get that experience, however, in the next Congress in her role on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Her term is also up in 2018.
So maybe we could have another old, screechy white lady running for president. Isn’t that a great prospect?
But wait! Wouldn’t Hillary run again? Politico says it’s “unclear whether 69-year-old Hillary Clinton, a twice-failed White House aspirant, will take the third-times-the-charm approach and seek the presidency again after a devastating loss to a political novice who, she maintained, was temperamentally unfit for office.”
Democratic and independent voters hope she doesn’t.
While such voters would most like to see Sanders or Biden run for president in 2020, a recent USA Today/Suffolk University survey shows that 66 percent would like to see “someone entirely new” as the face of the Democratic Party, which lacks leadership without a permanent head of the Democratic National Committee.
Warren and Sanders, the liberal firebrands and Trump antagonists, top The Hill’s list of top 15 potential Democratic presidential candidates. They’re joined by Biden, Clinton, Kaine, first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
Hold on a second. Michelle Obama? Oprah Winfrey? Geez, the Democratic party is desperate.
On Monday’s podcast with former senior adviser David Axelrod, President Barack Obama said the party needs to “accelerate” the emergence of up-and-coming Democratic leaders on the national scene.
“And that’s where I can be helpful, shine a spotlight on all the great work that’s being done and all the wonderful young Americans who will help lead the way in the future,” said Obama, who added that he wants to use his impending presidential center “as a mechanism for developing that next generation of talent.”