Washington’s simmering gerontocracy problem is about to explode
Hey folks, post any questions you might have here and I'll try to address each one! -Ken
Great reporting, Ken! I’m curious: what do you (and others) see as the pathway forward for progressives when it comes to this? It seems like the natural or democratically ‘healthy’ thing would be to consider a progressive primary challenge. But is that even feasible? Would prominent progressives put themselves on the line in that way? I’m not hopeful.
Calling bs on Harris, for the simple fact that no one would have considered Biden solely capable of understanding anything, even before his mental decline. He’s making blunder after blunder, including nearly bumbling us several times into nuclear war, as he always has. It’s only more painfully obvious now because he’s president. What was Biden known for as VP, other than wearing sunglasses, because Obama only occasionally let him out of the Capitol Hill broom closet?
Here’s a question, Ken: in which universe is “surviving a second term” more important than defeating Donald Trump in 2024?
Not to be too glib but the guy who beat him already could take an infinite nap on Jan 21 and it would be a better outcome.
This is insane when the alternative is Trump
Yeah: McConnell, Feinstein, Romney, even Trump.
But have we seen anything really scary from the Commander-in-Chief? Except for a desire to go to bed after a whirlwind 96-hour Asian hoop-de-do, no--we have not. This media doom loop, nurtured by pollsters and legacy commentators, feeds on their desire for An Exciting Presidential Primary. Lord knows, the GOP isn't providing any. Getting the most accomplished president in a generation out of the race would certainly heat things up!
Clicks, eyeballs, online/onscreen chatter. Ad rates! That's all any of this is about: ad rates.
I feel like Mitt Romney is retiring because he is swimming against the tide of MAGA, not because he is too old.
Old age is not the problem, per se. In Biden and Feinstein's case it is dementia. It can be called an old person's disease, but it does not affect all old people. Bernie is an example of being dementia free. Let's not generalize about old people. Let's speak specifically about about a person's short comings.
Having said that, it is time for the alda cockers to move on.
Never thought I'd say it, but I've become an apathetic voter, verging on non & sticking a fork in the political process. My financial situation stayed stagnant through Bush, Obama, Trump & Biden until my employer got real jittery about union talk and threw buckets of money at us. We unionized anyway. I'm using that money to shore up the homestead resilience to get me through whatever's coming as long as possible. Not expecting much more at this point - the inaction & active bipartisan malfeasance on the climate has made sure of that. This crew isn't going to leave until the last amyloid brain cell dribbles out their ears, and when they finally do, we'll all have to suffer the agony of listening to cloying eulogies of these rancid power-mongering freaks who juiced their expiration date with dark money & incestuous institutional influence.
Not much to say other than:
*Don't vote for senility*
The real reason why old Mitt is not seeking re-election is that he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting re-elected.
Not only is he too old, he’s completely senile!
Glad to see you're not following the rest of the MSM and alt-right media, Ken, in harping about Biden's age OH WAIT
What a load of crap
It doesn’t stop with Biden. Much of your ruling class is way too old. It shows an underlying unwillingness to cede power and an egregious contempt for younger generations. If the only benchmark is to stop Trump, you deserve what you get. There are valid reasons Trump won over Hillary but you stubbornly refuse to engage any of it. The DNC strategy of leaning full progressive on most policy fronts and parroting Trump on others is failing and illustrates an administration out of ideas and desperate to cling onto the status quo for its elites. Hanging Bernie out to dry was the dumbest thing thing Democrats ever did.
The bipartisan gerontocracy is extremely recent, so it's not "systematic". Before 2016 at least one of the parties was offering a fairly young candidate. Bush Jr and Gore were both younger. Obama was definitely young. 2016 was the first time in a century when both parties INSISTED on senility.