One of the most important conversations on millennials and the current political landscape is around the lack of the depth in the progressive bench. Here, Aaron Blake present's Mark Riddle's reply to a recent article on this issue.
A couple weeks back, I wrote a piece on the lack of a Democratic bench in many key states — most notably swing states like Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, but also in blue states like Pennsylvania and Michigan. The reason? Republicans so dominated the redistricting process after the 2010 election in these states that they drew state legislative and congressional maps that left few opportunities for upwardly mobile Democrats to work their way up the ladder. Most of these states have heavily Republicans state legislatures and congressional districts, despite being competitive at the presidential level, and that causes long-term problems for Democrats. The piece caught the attention of Mark Riddle, who is the executive director of the New Leaders Council, which seeks to train young progressive stars of the future. Here is his response:
Last week, in his article “Democrats have a depth problem,” Aaron Blake broke down big electoral battleground states and identified a brutal truth: “… the cupboard is pretty bare when it comes to recruiting capable Democrats into big-time statewide campaigns.”
Read the full story, here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/09/08/democrats-have-a-depth-problem-its-largely-their-own-fault/