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Analyst: Regardless of age of the candidates, it is still Big Money that controls politics

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Joe Biden, 79, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 82

An American political analyst and activist said regardless of the age of the candidates, it is still Big Money that controls politics in the United States.

Myles Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday after former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said on Sunday that she believed the Democratic Party has an age problem as November’s midterm elections loom.

She said she believes her party is struggling with the issue of age among its leaders.

McCaskill noted people she considers “ancient” are running the party.

“But I will tell you I do think the Democratic Party is struggling with an issue that is real and that is all of our leadership,” McCaskill said during the roundtable discussion. “And I’m saying this as somebody who’s ancient, you know, a lot of us are running the Democratic Party now in every part of the Democratic Party.”

In an interview with Press TV Hoenig said, “McCaskill is right to be concerned about the leadership of the Democratic Party being older than dirt and unresponsive to the needs of younger people. Young ‘voters’ usually don’t vote in any large numbers, especially when the choices given to them are more like their grandparents than themselves. Even if those elected might look like them, like Ocasio-Cortez, they are far more likely to elect seniors for leadership positions.”

"Age might be an issue but what matters more are the positions they take. On nearly every issue younger people are concerned with, like Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, opposition to endless war, etc., it doesn’t matter much the age of the representative or candidate. If Democratic Party donors want something, they’ll get. Occasionally, it might be the same thing as younger voters but their votes really don’t count as it is the donors who direct policies,” he added.

“President Biden is viewed as very old, feeble, in mind and body, and a relic of the past. He may call himself a bridge, but the reality is that his bridge was between right wing fanaticism and Democratic Party corporatism. Issues that the young voter cares about were only highlighted during the 2020 campaign. Any one, of whatever age, who felt that candidate Biden would live up to his campaign promises to the young is naïve. He has proven to be a status quo corporate Democrat,” he stated.

“Younger candidate who could conceivably challenge Biden in the 2024 primaries would offer the same platitudes and promises that are never kept by the Democratic Party. To fight back against right wing extremism, they will need a lot of campaign money. Since Big Money controls elections, for the most part, promises to look forward and not behind will be, as always, empty promises, regardless of the age of the candidate,” he concluded.






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