Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) emerged from yesterday’s classified briefing on the Times Square Bomber situation telling reporters that “the information I’ve seen so far does not confirm a link to the Pakistani Taliban. Both Eric Holder and John Brennan disagree and Faiz Shakir observes that Bond may be confused since he apparently took a nap in the middle of the briefing:
One person who was in the room for Tuesday’s intelligence briefing said Bond appeared to fall asleep for 10 to 15 minutes, but that he and other senators had spirited exchanges with the briefers. Among those there to answer questions were top officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Justice Department and the National Counterterrorism Center.
Bond was first elected governor of Missouri in 1973—which is to say he’s really old. 71 to be precise. The average American retires at 62. And a staggering 22 Senators are older than Bond. And we have a great many senators who are not only over seventy but are currently running for an additional six-year term in office. I’d vote for an old senator I agree with over a young one whose ideas I don’t like (after all, who wants to see a bad agenda pursued vigorously?) but especially in terms of things like oversight it strikes me as pernicious that we have such a gerontocracy these days. Add in the fact that the Senate operates on pretty strict seniority rules in terms of who has the most power and it’s not a good situation.