Democrats think they’ve hit on a way to retake Congress: they’re trying to recruit military veterans to run against Republicans. The idea (not that they put it this way) is to borrow some of the military’s reputation for competence, patriotism and integrity to paper over the bad reputation of their party. And it might work, if they can find enough veterans willing to run as Democrats. The problem is, how many of them will stay in Congress beyond one term? Judging from this story, the veterans they’ve recruited so far say they are running because they’re fed up with unprofessional histrionics and political partisanship blocking the mission of fixing the broken system. Wait until they get to Congress as Democrats and on their very first day, they learn to their dismay that if they want party leaders to give them any decent committee assignments, they have to dedicate themselves to lockstep partisanship and protecting and even expanding the broken federal system at all costs.
This story notes that since the 1970s, the percentage of Congress members with military experience has dropped from 73% to 18.8%. That’s not entirely attributable to the end of the draft, since there are nearly three times as many freshmen Republicans who are veterans as there are Democrats. That’s not to say that the Democratic Party is hostile to veterans. But it’s just hard to imagine that anyone who’s devoted to concepts like a colorblind merit system and placing the good of America above all other interests would be able to stomach representing the far-left, grievance-group, blame-America-first Democratic Party of 2017 for very long.
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