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Opening Arguments

The age thing

The Clintons have said Barack Obama, 46, is too young for the presidency, using words like inexperienced, unseasoned, etc. Now, Chuck Norris, on behalf of Mike Huckabee, says JohnMcCain, 71, is too old to be president.

``I didn't pick John to support because I'm just afraid that the vice president would wind up taking over his job in that four-year presidency,'' said Norris, who was hosting a fundraiser for Huckabee at his Lone Wolf Ranch.

``So we need to find someone that can handle it for four years or eight years ... that has the youth and vision and communication skills to make that work.''

So, somewhere between 46 and 71 is the right age for someone to be president. Hope we can figure out what it is before the election.


Mon, 01/21/2008 - 12:52pm

What was that Reagan line about his advanced age? Something about not holding his opponent's youth and lack of experience against him?

We now know that Reagan's creeping Alzheimers was something that affected the Presidency, given his obliviousness, as evidenced by his lack of knowledge about his administration's role in the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal.

Z Man
Mon, 01/21/2008 - 10:30pm

Am I missing something here? Bill Clinton was 46 when elected in 1992, with experience only as governor of the big state of Arkansas. His biggest accomplishment was expanding indoor plumbing to the masses.

I liked McCain's reponse to Chuck's comment about "too old" -- McCain is going to have his 95 year old mother wash Chucks mouth out with soap. A classic throw out line, but I would have held it for a later debate (a la " I knew JFK, and you're no JFK") instead of wasting it on Walker Texas Ranger. By the by, it's a good thing Chuck's wife doesn't have that kind of attitude -- she is 40, he is 68.