By John Ruberry
For decades, probably since in the advent of rock and roll, America’s has been a youth-worshipping culture. In eastern Asia, at least for now, elders are admired and respected, on the other hand.
Back to America. Is it a coincidence that four years after Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show with 82 percent of television viewers tuned in, the youthful John F. Kennedy became the youngest person elected to the presidency, replacing the oldest president up to that point, Dwight Eisenhower?
The Democrats found young pay dirt again in 1992 when Bill Clinton, the first baby-boomer president, who was 46, defeated incumbent president George H.W. Bush, age 68, and in 2008 when Barack Obama was 47 when he bested 72-year-old John McCain to win the presidency.
In this off-year election there are a couple of races I’ve noticed that may show the Democrats are betting that the fountain of youth is the key to winning a majority in Congress.
The first match-up already occurred. In the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, Democrat Conor Lamb, age 33, narrowly defeated GOPer Rick Saccone, age 60, for the vacant seat of Tim Murphy, who resigned because of a sex scandal.
Lamb won in a district that is traditionally a Republican stronghold.
BREAKING: GOP’s Saccone concedes to Democrat Lamb in Pennsylvania special House race https://t.co/y5CFpEwe2d
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 21, 2018
Wisdom and experience should still count for something, right?
Democrats, at least on social media, are excited about the prospects of US Rep. Beto O’Rourke upsetting Republican Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate in 2016 who is still well-respected by conservatives despite his tussles that year with Trump. They’re about the same age, O’Rourke is 45 and Cruz is 47, but look how CNN is potrarying the candidates:
— CNN (@CNN) April 19, 2018
How long did it take the writer of that CNN article to find a photograph of Cruz with a double chin?
For his part, O’Rourke won his nomination in a primary while Lamb was selected by a party convention.
See you tonight, Garland! Excited for the largest DFW town hall of our campaign. https://t.co/Pb5yxdezCX
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 26, 2018
Whoah, O’Rourke is the dreamiest, isn’t he?
If their ideas are correct, shouldn’t that be enough?
On the flipside, Donald Trump, a 71-year-old with an orange comb-over, is our president. And the Democrats in the House are led by Nancy Pelosi, 78, but youngster Lamb says he will vote against Pelosi the next time there’s a vote for Democratic leader in the lower chamber.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.