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Two Reasons Bernie’s Youth Outreach Won’t Work for 2017 Dems

The Associated Press reported that firebrand Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is trying to fill the Democratic Party with young progressives. Here are two reasons that won't work.

By NTK Staff | 04.21.2017 @1:30pm
Two Reasons Bernie’s Youth Outreach Won’t Work for 2017 Dems

The Associated Press reported on Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is focusing his recruitment and outreach efforts for the Democratic Party on some of its youngest and most progressive leaders.

Sanders’ early efforts are focused on Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello, a “37-year-old state senator” with a “youthful” demeanor.

Beyond the public campaign to make the Democratic Party younger, though, are two major problems with Sanders’ outreach, both out of his control.

#1: DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP IS OLD…REALLY OLD

Though media have offered thorough coverage of the Democrats’ “age” issue, it bears repeating: the current bench is ancient.

Top leaders in the party include:

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), age 66
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), age 77 (Pelosi defeated 43-year-old Tim Ryan in a battle for House Democrats’ leadership)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), age 75
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), age 67

Democrats have some younger leaders in the wings, but the cartel above must be ready to give up some power first.

#2: DEMS ARE EATING THEIR YOUNG LEADERS ALIVE

Another problem for Sanders and for young Democrats? Some in the party are sniping at young leaders like Mello and Jon Ossoff.

Mello, and Democrats like Sanders who support him, are under fire from NARAL Pro-Choice America, because Mello has supported pro-life measures in the past.

Other Democrats, meanwhile are griping behind the scenes that the national party is wasting money on the special election in Georgia. That election runoff features 30-year-old Jon Ossoff.

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