The Republican Party: Deep and Strong

The Republican Party is resurgent, with 31 governors, around two-thirds of all state legislative chambers, and control of both the House and the Senate. In recent years, talented Republican politicians have been working their way up the ranks, often rapidly. Republican politicians are diverse and, relatively speaking, young.

This makes a dramatic contrast with the geriatric Democratic Party, which belongs in an old folks’ home. The insurgency against Queen Hillary (age 67), a person of modest gifts who married well, is led by a 73-year-old socialist, while Democratic Party leaders urge 72-year-old Joe Biden–a youngster!–to get into the race to head off Sanders’s challenge. This is actually pretty funny, and if there were any political humorists on television, they could have a lot of fun with the aged, over the hill Democrats.

The contrast between Republicans and Democrats becomes more glaring all the time. Yesterday, 17 Republican presidential contenders participated in two presidential debates. At least 14 of the 17–I am being generous to the Democrats here–would make vastly better presidents than the inept, anti-American Barack Obama or the elderly, untalented Hillary Clinton.

Michael Ramirez contrasts the two parties’ “benches.” Click to enlarge:


As usual, Ramirez makes the point graphically in a way that the rest of us struggle to articulate. I offer this caveat, however: a governor, a senator, a top businessperson, one of the world’s great surgeons, is not on the “bench.” The great thing about the Republican candidates is that they have been governing, leading, acting, persuading. They are anything but benchwarmers, as we saw yesterday.

Any way you cut it, the Republican Party’s future is a great deal brighter than the Democrats’.