In 2008, Democrats insisted that Senator John McCain was too old to be president. At a rally introducing Hillary Clinton, Congressman John Murtha criticized him for even running. “It’s no old man’s job,” he said. Obama and Kerry used language suggesting that McCain was senile. Left-wing activists claimed that he could die of skin cancer at any moment. Late night comedians turned McCain’s age into a target. McClatchy headlined a story, “Some wonder if McCain’s too old and wrinkly to be president.”
There are no stories in which reporters ask passerby if Hillary is too old and wrinkly to take 3 AM phone calls. In Newsweek, Anna Quindlen, a fanatical Hillary supporter, wrote that, “The senator’s pursuit of the presidency reminds me a bit of those women who decide to have a baby in their late 50s.” If she has any objection to Hillary’s pursuit of the presidency while pushing 70, she hasn’t written about it.
By October, spurred by repeated media attacks on his age, 34 percent of Americans said that McCain was too old to be president......age is suddenly no longer an issue. Neither is health. Quindlen emphasized that McCain couldn’t lift his arms over his head. No one is going to ask how flexible Hillary Clinton is in body (the political flexibility of the woman who opposed and supported nearly everything at one time or another is already renowned)....To Read More.....
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