The First Fallacy of Politics

by Jonah Goldberg

From a piece in USA Today about young Democrats asserting themselves in the party:

“This generation is looking for ways to participate because we’re tired of losing,” says Jamal Simmons, 33, a consultant who has worked for presidential hopeful Wesley Clark and several other Southern candidates.
Isn’t this the first vanity of all vanities when it comes to politics: “If I’m more involved, we’ll be more likely to win.”

Anyway, the real news here is that even 40-somethings in the Democratic Party have to play the “youth” card to make their case. It might be partly true sociologically, but I think it’s kind of sad that grown men and women need to play this game in order to be heard. Then again, since the party is run by 1960s types it might work.

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