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The Fountain of Youth

The New York Times

In an article published yesterday by the New York Times, Jason Horowitz shed a dim light on a daunting problem: the Obama Presidency isn’t producing the expected wave of new political blood. Millennials seem to have lost interest in politics as impossible promise after impossible promise proved… well… impossible.

Unlike John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, who inspired virtual legislatures of politicians and became generational touchstones, Mr. Obama has so far had little such influence. That is all the more remarkable considering he came to office tapping into spirit of volunteerism and community service that pollsters say is widespread and intense among young people. Mr. Obama has come to represent that spirit, but he has failed, pollsters say, to transform it into meaningful engagement in the political process.

It is not surprising that more of Obama’s staffers haven’t run for office. Since President Obama took office, he has polarized the national polemic more than any previous president since Lincoln. There is no bi-partisanship. There is no common ground. It’s all out war on capital hill and the old guards are retiring. Senator Carl Levin, Jay Rockefeller, Tim Johnson, and Tom Harkin are not seeking reelection. Carl Levin has proved his own menacing display of power over the years, but he’s giving it up. Mike McIntyre (who I voted for thrice and hence received a valuable lesson in how the House of Representatives actually works) who was Nancy Pelosi’s Blue Dog Whip is retiring after essentially destroying 85% of the Blue Dog Caucus by getting them to sign on to Obama Care. Moron Jim Moran is leaving his cushy seat, only to lament how little he was paid for his outstanding service to his constituency. Even the mighty Henry Waxman of Fruits and Nuts is hanging up his socialist spurs.

Who is going to replace them? Believe me, the Democrats are looking for new blood. They thought they had the Millennials locked up with Obama’s immaculation. Alas, our Generation Y has been turned off. Fantasy and reality mix as well as oil and water and that kind of separation isn’t the stuff of long-term inspiration.

Ron Paul and Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are making an effort to invigorate the youth. Where is Boehner? McConnell? Canter? McCain? McCarthy? They aren’t even faking it. Young People do not believe that the Republican Party is interested in their vote. What are we going to do about that?

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

One Response to “The Fountain of Youth”

  1. W. S. Wright says:

    You speak with an unapologetically clear head my friend, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK my good and faithful servant!

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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