Howard Dean: ‘My Generation Needs to Get the Hell Out of Politics’


Howard Dean, former DNC chair and guy whose presidential campaign was ruined because he got excited once, was on Morning Joe today, to talk President Donald Trump and the future of progressive politics, particularly in the 2018 midterm elections.

He talked of the coming “blue wave,” as expected, but also made an interesting point about the shifting demographics of the Democratic party.

“I actually think the progressives are in the process of informally taking over the Democratic party,” he said. “I think the country has moved to the left. It’s shocking to me, but a majority of Americans think Medicare for all is a good idea.”

Dean gave Sen. Bernie Sanders much of the credit for boosting the idea of universal healthcare, but stopped short of saying he should be the party’s nominee 2020. Why? He’s too old, as is Dean himself.

“I’m very much for someone who is younger. I think my generation needs to get the hell out of politics,” he said. “Start coaching and start moving up this next generation who are more, I think, fiscally sane.”

“Neither Republicans or Democrats can claim they are fiscally responsible anymore.”

The former Vermont governor continued to pile on his fellow boomers, saying “This young generation is going to pay for that if we don’t get the hell out of the way and have somebody who is 50 running the country.”

Guest host Willie Geist suggested that would rule out Joe Biden, who is 75, and Dean consented, noting that he would “be supporting someone who is younger, in the next generation.”

So who is on Dean’s list of “terrific” potential 2020 candidates? He named Sen. Chris Murphy, Sen. Kamala Harris and, even, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, among others, citing that he “would not be surprised if there are 17 people running.” Yikes.

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