July 25, 2013

Thursday Hillary Bash - She's Too Old Edition

A bonus Hillary Bash today, this from the pages of the liberal-slanted Politico.  Granted, the author is a self-described Republican, but the message of the piece is clear regardless.  Hillary is too old to be president.

While this relies on history as an indicator and history is not always correct, there do seem to be some age-related precedents that stack up against not Hillary specifically, but someone of her age and generation.
...there have been anywhere between 11 and 14 generations since the time of George Washington’s birth. Each has produced, on average, three presidents. The “Greatest Generation,” most commonly associated with those who served in World War II, boasts the most, with seven presidents spanning from John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush. The baby-boomer generation, having already had three presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and, just barely, Barack Obama — is on the verge of what boomers may view as a premature passing of the torch to Generation X.

Then there’s the number 19. That’s the average number of years served in office by each generation’s presidents. Again, the Greatest Generation served the longest time, 32 years, which might have been even longer if not for the truncated terms of Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and the one-termers, Jimmy Carter and Bush Senior. By the time Obama leaves office in January 2017, the boomers will have collectively served an above-average 24 years in office. Should another boomer win the White House and serve two terms, it would tie the Greatest Generation’s 32-year tenure...

Imagine, though, a race pitting Clinton or Biden against a Gen. X Republican like Marco Rubio (age 42), Scott Walker (45), Paul Ryan (43) or Bobby Jindal (42). At that point, Republicans could easily tag either Democrat as a purveyor of deficits and debt, an architect of decline and defender of the status quo, while the fresh-faced Republican nominee is touted as the leader of a party full of new ideas.
What might also do Hillary in is her belief system.  While her husband moved right out of the necessity of the 1994 mid-term election drubbing his party took, Hillary may politically understand that but may not be able emotionally to make that commitment. If pressed prior to an election she may be completely unwilling to distance herself from the policies and decisions of Obama.  Setting aside the national security stuff for a moment, don't expect Hillary to be badmouthing Obama's trillions in new debt that burdens America's current future generations as a result of liberal borrow and spend policies.
And if she cannot offer a more fiscally conservative vision, against a potentially younger and fresher opponent she will indeed stand as a contrast and easily appear to be yesterday's news.

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