Democrats Are How Old?

Party of young people led by retirees

For a party that attracts a lot of young voters to the ballot box, the Democrats are led by what amounts to a group of retirees.

Washington-based political paper The Hill points out that the top two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are both past retirement age, with Hillary Clinton having recently turned 68 and Bernie Sanders clocking in at 74 years of age. 

But it's not just the presidential contenders:

Democrats are led on Capitol Hill by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) — who are both 75.

Pelosi’s top two lieutenants are 76-year-old Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and 75-year-old Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.). In comparison, Reid’s expected successor as Democratic leader in the next Congress is a relative spring chicken: Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is 64.

By contrast, the 54-year-old President Obama seems almost as young as the millennial generation whose votes the ancient Hillary and Bernie hope to capture.