Representative Dean Phillips, a Democrat from Minnesota, has decided to resign from his role as co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. He attributes this decision to disparities in viewpoints with a significant portion of the progressive caucus.
Phillips has been openly expressing his reservations about the progressive wing’s strong support for President Joe Biden as their leading candidate, and he has even contemplated entering the race himself. However, it seems that the Minnesota representative has encountered obstacles at every juncture of this potential endeavor.
One of the few Democrats who has publicly opposed endorsing Biden for another four years is Phillips. He thinks the president’s advanced age is a significant problem that Leftist officials have chosen to downplay by maintaining that he is fully qualified to hold office.
Nevertheless, Axios notes that many Democrats are in fact supporting Phillips, per recent surveys, and they want their party to select a younger candidate before the primaries are over.
Numerous MPs’ refusal to retire despite their advanced age has drawn criticism. That fire has only been fueled by the recent passing of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), who had been obstinately holding onto her position despite a very public and severe decline.
After shingles forced the liberal senator to the hospital and left her with obvious brain damage, she never fully recovered. Near the end, the 90-year-old had to use a wheelchair to get about and started forgetting to cast his vote.
Some legislators are pressing for action since the issue of aging parliamentarians has gotten so serious. Nikki Haley, a GOP presidential candidate, has suggested evaluating a person’s mental capacity if they are over 75. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) recently urged Mitch McConnell, the 81-year-old Senate Minority Leader, resign due to age-related issues.
She stated in an August tweet that for the sake of the nation, he, Biden, Feinstein, and Fetterman all needed to step down.
The 77-year-old Republican front-runner Donald Trump has maintained a sizable portion of his support base despite the criticism many senior senators are receiving for continuing to serve in government.