Who are the emerging leaders in the Democratic party?
Matt Bai is a political reporter and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, Bai graduated from Tufts in 1990 and received a Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1994. Bai began his reporting career at the Boston Globe's metro desk; he spent five years as a national correspondent for Newsweek before coming to the Times in 2002. Bai has covered all sorts of national news: everything from the Columbine shootings to John Glenn's last space voyage to Mike Bloomberg's mayoral campaign. In recent years, Bai has focused primarily on intra-Democratic Party politics. He is the author of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics, an analysis of the progressive movement. Bai's work has also appeared in both the 2005 and 2006 editions of The Best American Political Writing. Matt covered the 2008 presidential race for the New York Times Magazine.
Matt Bai: I mean there’s a ton of young talent out there. I mean you look at the 2006 elections when the Democrats who were elected then are, you know, infinitely more promising than some of the people who came before. And you know I think . . . I’m not . . . I don’t . . . I certainly don’t have a point of view in the presidential campaign. And I don’t know Obama well and haven’t written about him for the magazine to this point. But you know I think he’s a tremendous political talent. I think he could be around . . . You know win or lose he could be around for 20 more years in the political dialogue at least. And he represents, I think, a different generational mindset. I think that’s why a lot of people get very excited about him.
There are, you know . . . There are people on the state level. There are people . . . There’s a congressman . . . There’s congressman and congress people like, you know, Archer Davis from Alabama who’s gonna run for statewide office in 2010. You know he could be the first black governor of the old south. I mean there’s . . . There’s a lot of change in the air, and a lot of good young politicians. And I think the party apparatus and orthodoxies have stifled a lot of that talent. I think the baby boomer establishment has been a little bit suffocating.
Recorded on: 12/13/07
Obama and Archer Davis are emerging Democratic leaders.
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