Democrats Float Replacing Old Guard Democrats With “New Blood”

( The Democratic Party is being led by three people who have long tenures in Washington, and many members of the liberal party believe it’s way past due for a change.

The most prominent members of the Democratic Party leadership in the White House and Congress are at least 70 years old.

President Joe Biden is 79 years old. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 82 years old. And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is 71 years old. The other two members of Democratic leadership in the House — Steny Hoyer, the majority leader, and Jim Clyburn, the majority whip — are 83 and 82 years old, respectively.

Even Bernie Sanders, who is often viewed as the leading alternate voice in the Democratic Party, is 81 years old. Hillary Clinton, an oft-mentioned potential 2024 presidential candidate, is 74 years old herself.

It’s no wonder, then, that when the Democratic Party is being increasingly viewed in a negative light, that liberal Congress members are saying that it’s time for a change.

Appearing on the “Meet the Press” program on NBC on Sunday, Michigan Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin says it’s time for new leaders in the party who are not only younger but are more reflective of what the country is today.

Slotkin, who’s 46 years old, said:

“We need a new generation. We need new blood, period, across the Democratic Party in the House, the Senate and the White House.”

Biden is actually the oldest person to have ever assumed the presidency, and he would break that record if he were to run for re-election in 2024 and win.

Slotkin said on the program that she’d actually support a Biden re-election bid. That being said, she added that she’s “one of a handful of members” of Congress who didn’t vote for Pelosi to return as the House Speaker.

Luckily for Slotkin, she may not have to vote that way again, as it’s very possible that the GOP will retake control of the House following the midterm elections next month.

Slotkin isn’t the only Democratic Congress member who has voiced her concerns in this regard recently, either. After Pelosi and House leadership refused to bring a bill to the floor that would ban Congress members from trading individual stocks, Virginia Representative Abigail Spanberger, who is 43 years old, lashed out.

A statement she released recently said:

“This moment marks a failure of House leadership — and it’s yet another example of why I believe that the Democratic Party needs new leaders in the halls of Capitol Hill, as I have long made known.”

For her part, Slotkin is facing a re-election race that’s being considered among the most competitive in the country. The district she represents was carried by on a narrow margin by Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

In addition to having a younger generation take over the Democratic Party, Slotkin says she’d like to see more representation from the U.S. Midwest. She said:

“That’s been important to me, is to reflect the middle of the country. We’re here, too.”