Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer didn't do any favors for Joe Biden with their televised response to President Donald Trump's immigration speech last week. Pelosi in particular has drawn praise since the mid-term election for her skillful maneuvering to secure the House speakership and her aggressive jousting with Trump during the government shutdown. But the stiff and widely panned televised response from the two leaders -- an instant target for late-night comics -- quickly reopened questions about whether the Democrats' national leadership is too old. That's not a helpful backdrop for Biden, 76, as he nears a decision on whether to seek the party's presidential nomination for 2020.
Debate about the age of the party's leadership is likely to grow more heated over the next year, both as that nomination process heats up and as Democrats in Congress intensify their confrontations with Trump. On both fronts the party faces the same paradox: almost all of the Democrats' most familiar and powerful faces are graying while it is growing more reliant on younger voters to win elections.
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