Howard Dean Says Tea Party Has A Problem With The Younger Generation…

Howard Dean shared his thoughts on the Tea Party with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, this morning.

Among other things, he said that it is “the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation,”and argued that “the Tea Party has a problem with the younger generations”.

“You all have friends of different races, different religions, and different sexual orientations, and you all date each other,” he said to hypothetical members of the “new” generation. “Well that’s not how I grew up, and that’s not how the Tea Party grew up. The Tea Party is almost entirely over 55 and white. And the country has changed dramatically as a result of what happened in 2008.”

Howard Dean himself, born November 17, 1948,  is 62 years old, which, according to Michael Barone’s piece in the DC Examiner, is slightly older than the average age of Dems in the House:

…the average age of House Democrats has risen, from 58 to 60.2. That can be explained partly by the high turnover in the 2010 election. Many younger Democrats, first elected in 2006 or 2008, fell by the wayside. The old bulls from 65 percent-plus Democratic districts survived. 

So those new Tea Party Republicans must be positively ancient, right? White, and geriatric, these new Republicans must be positively stymied by confusing “new” concepts like acceptance of “different races, different religions and different sexual orientations”.
The average age of Republican House members in the new Congress convening today is 54.9, younger than the Republicans’ average age in the previous Congress, 56.5.
A difference of  5.3 years between Republicans and Democrats in the 112th Congress.
It turns out that the old school, Big Government  Dem Socialists are the ones who are out of touch with the young whippersnappers in the tea party.
Barone cites scholar Walter Russell Mead:
“The core institutions, ideas and expectations that shaped American life for the sixty years after the New Deal don’t work anymore, and the gaps between the social system we’ve inherited and the system we need today are becoming so wide that we can no longer paper them over or ignore them.”

Mead is looking back on the America of World War II and the postwar decades, when American life was dominated by the leaders of what I have called the Big Units — big government, big business, big labor. The assumption was that these units would grow ever bigger, to the benefit of ordinary people.

That assumption was shared by the Democratic leaders of the just-departed 111th Congress, who grew up in Big Unit America. They passed a $787 billion stimulus package on the assumption that big government would put people to work. They passed the health care bill on the assumption that centralized experts in big government could provide better care at lower costs.

The voters in November 2010 rejected those assumptions.

Howard Dean needs to work on his talking points.


71 year old Steny Hoyer (born June 14, 1939) has his own take on the tea party: Tea Party People Come From Unhappy Families.

There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward. That is certainly what democracy is about. So if we are going to move forward compromise is necessary.

These  Dem hepcats are all about compromise, now, aren’t they?

Linked by Michelle Malkin in  Buzzworthy, thanks!

Hat tip: Frugal Cafe.


14 thoughts on “Howard Dean Says Tea Party Has A Problem With The Younger Generation…

  1. Of course Dean would go with the “generational warfare” angle. He’s never once considered a fellow American without first mentally classifying them by race, gender, age, income, etc.
    Hopefully the young people to whom he’s trying to appeal can see through his sad routine.


  2. ND, we’re going to see more of this “selling out the youth” meme. It’s already started, and I talk about it in the second half of my latest when I talk about a particularly silly bit by Michael Kinsley.

    They have to start selling this as part of the “complete lives” plan that they will use to deny care to older Americans to keep costs down.


  3. 8 days younger than me. Why doesn’t Dean go to a Tea Party rally and talk to the Tea Party? The Dems shows the ultimate disrespect by talking about them and not TO them. I think they have a little trepidation, that their stereotypes will fail. Bigotry and prejudice is built on stereotypes. Saying over 55 and white is just reinforcing a stereotype. Rather than deal with the issues at hand, Dean instead finds comfort in his own ignorance.


  4. Most of that problem is related to older people having money jobs, houses etc and younger people feel entitled to it


  5. “The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward. That is certainly what democracy is about. So if we are going to move forward compromise is necessary.”

    Steny is correct, as far as he goes; what he fails to recognize is that “moving forward” does NOT include >$1T deficit spending, >$14T national debt, czars, TSA groping, Cap&Tax, and nearly every other BHO initiative so far.


  6. howard dean hopes the tea party has a problem with the younger generation. his typical snide implied racist dig(they are all white so they must be bad)aside, the younger generation is exactly who the tea party is fighting for. the younger generation is the one that is going to have to pay for all this spending don’t by the current generation of old democrats.


  7. Mr. Dean, LMAO, I am the younger generation and after my first political experience with Mr. Obama I’m now a proud Conservative as are my friends albeit to my parents delight. However this was our decision and I’m quite sure we’re not the only thinking teenagers in America, far from it. I’m a 19 year old female and I voted for Obama. But guess what happened on the way back home from the forum Mr. Dean? I had a realization and my realization is you people are nuts. Your party lies, hurl insults at people you don’t even know and you folks say and do everything but exude optimism, support and being positive. No thanks and it really doesn’t matter what you say, my vote goes to the Republicans as well as my membership. So go sell crazy someplace else Howard. I am fond of that scream you let out I watched on YouTube. Now tell me Mr. Dean, what precisely is YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH?


  8. Welcome to the party, Tina. I have a daughter your age – (also a repub- natch).

    40 lashes with a wet noodle for voting for Obama…

    But Seriously…I hope lots of other young people are paying as much attention as you are.


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  10. Thanks for taking his idiocy to task. I do believe he really doesn’t have a clue to what has made this country great, it certainly isn’t his way of thinking. We who are over 50 do know what is going on and can change on a dime…Lord knows we have…… is the kind of changes that we balk at, anything that is going to “fundemental” change our great country will not be tolerated. I suppose he didn’t like the reading of the Constitution either-makes them all cringe when it is brought to people’s attention.
    As for Steny, the liberals are the dysfunctionary bunch….psychosis to the max.


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