Will 2018 be the year of glamour shots for the Democrats?

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Will 2018 be the year of glamour shots for the Democrats?

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.

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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:

https://​plat​form​.twit​ter​.com/​w​i​d​g​e​ts.js

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.

https://​plat​form​.twit​ter​.com/​w​i​d​g​e​ts.js

Whoah, O’Rourke is the dreami­est, isn’t he?

While good looks and youth don’t make any­one auto­mat­i­cally stu­pid – my wife says I still have the for­mer and I used to be young – I have a ques­tion: Why are the Democ­rats run­ning glam­our shot campaigns?

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.

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.

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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:

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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.

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Whoah, O’Rourke is the dreamiest, isn’t he?

While good looks and youth don’t make anyone automatically stupid–my wife says I still have the former and I used to be young–I have a question: Why are the Democrats running glamour shot campaigns?

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.