This is an interesting development — it seems that Thad Cochran, 70; Pete Domenici, 76; Chuck Grassley, 74 all told The Hill that they’re too old to be Vice President. They’re also, of course, all roughly the same age as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. I think this’ll be an interesting issue to keep an eye on. Young people will definitely mock McCain for being old and his age will probably render people below a certain age immune to the cult of personality around him that’s impacted a lot of self-loathing boomers in the press.
But if anyone develops serious worries about McCain’s age per se, it’ll probably be his fellow senior citizens. Most folks I’m familiar with in their seventies are, like these GOP Senators, pretty aware of and realistic about their own situation and that of their friends and other peers in ways that might give them doubts about McCain.
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