Editor’s Note: Dem hopefuls don’t look like America

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

With Hillary Clinton sinking in the polls, some nervous Democrats are thinking about a viable Plan B.

It’s telling that as the diversity party hunts under its big tent for an alternative presidential candidate, all it can find is another elderly, white career politician.

Should Vice President Joe Biden, 72, decide to enter the race, he’d join Clinton, 67, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 73, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, 69, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, 62, in fully representing America’s geriatric interests. Only former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is below retirement age, at 52.

The entire Democratic ballot is white and from the eastern states.

Contrast that to the Republican presidential list, which includes two Hispanic candidates, an African-American, a woman, several in their 40s and early 50s and at least two successful business people. And they come from every region of the country.

Democrats like to boast that their party “looks like America.” But their presidential candidates sure don’t.