Friday, July 2, 2021
Politico ran an interesting story, ‘You don’t have to die in your seat’: Democrats stress over aging members.
Using a Florida Congressman as an illustration, the article notes that "[t]he entire episode has brought into sharp focus an awkward conversation that Democrats have been having for a while: at a time of deep polarization and narrow congressional majorities, do older or infirm members have a responsibility to step down to ensure the party has enough votes to advance its agenda?" The issue is one for both Democrats and Republicans. "Both parties have their share of elderly members ... But Democrats have been grappling with a noticeable generational divide within their ranks for some time — President Joe Biden and top Democratic congressional leaders are all well over 70. Ten of the 12 House members over the age of 80 are Democrats." The article discusses various other issues, including the slim majority held by the Democrats, the desires of younger folks to serve, and perhaps a lessening value of seniority.
Thanks to Professor Naomi Cahn for sending us the article.