“There is a thin line between seasoned and decrepit” — GOP strategist and former presidential campaign manager
Most important America needs to be confronted with a simple question — “Do we want to risk having another President with Alzheimer’s disease.”
How can an old-timer like Hillary represent a real future, just listen to Hillary’s many warmed-over liberal answers and all her leftover policies from past Democrat Administrations ?
So what will it be: Is Hillary “SEASONED” or “DECREPIT” — Is Hillary at risk for Alzheimer’s — Is Hillary just a warmed-up left-over
Yesterday, Reuters pointed out that with her “... campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family's charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street. But her rivals, and the political action committees that support them, are treading more carefully on one incendiary subject: her age.... If elected in November 2016, Clinton would be, at 69, the second-oldest person to take the presidential oath for the first time, behind only Ronald Reagan, who turned 70 weeks after being sworn into office in 1981.... Questions of health and fitness for the presidency dogged two former candidates of a similar age, Bob Dole in the 1996 election and John McCain in 2008....” (See “On Clinton's age, Republican rivals imply -- but never say -- she's old” by James Oliphant, 5/1/15, Reuters News Service [http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/01/us-usa-election-clinton-age-idUSKBN0NM34V20150501]).
Reuters specifically pointed out that “... Time magazine featured Dole on the cover asking whether he was "too old" for the job [of President]....” And later on in the article, it’s author Jim Oliphant described exactly how the “Bill” Clinton Campaign repeatedly used the aged factor against Clinton’s opponent in 1996, Bob Dole.
The article went on to quote Steve Schmidt, who was McCain’s campaign manager thus: "I do think age is an issue in a presidential campaign.... There is a thin line between seasoned and decrepit."
POLL SHOWS DEMOCRATS UNFAZEDAccording to Reuters, “... Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg said women older than 50 would likely comprise the largest bloc of voters in 2016.... There is little evidence that Democrats and independent voters are concerned about having another president in their 70s. A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted this month showed that Clinton’s age would not influence how 67 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of independents voted in November 2016....”
THE GRANDMOTHER THINGJim Oliphant, the reporter for Reuters, also pointed out that “...rather than downplay her age, Clinton in recent campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire embraced her role as a grandmother, striking sympathetic notes with other older women in the room about the responsibility of raising a grandchild.” Oliphant also notes that Hillary’s supporters have also sought to dismiss any concerns about her age as “sexist,” noting that Clinton now is the same age that Mitt Romney was when he ran four years ago, and that Romney largely avoided any protracted discussion about his health.
Of course polls can and will change. And I doubt that Hillary is as hail and hardy as Mitt Romney. Certainly, we will hear about Hillary’s repeated debilitating falls as Secretary of State, the most serious one which Bill Clinton had described in dire terms at the time.
Movement in the polls will almost certainly come, if the GOP hammers home the age issue in terms of mental health concerns about Hillary. >>> Remember, the only President that was as old as Hillary will be, if she actually were to become a POTUS, actually had Alzheimer's disease. The age issue can easily be put forward this way — “Do we want to have another president with Alzheimer’s disease.”
Before anybody says that is farfetched, in 2008 Bill Clinton said that Hillary had a “Senior Moment” to explain away he confabulated story about being under sniper fire on a trip to Bosnia.
ALSO — WHAT IF HILLARY’S AGE BECOMES “A GENERATIONAL THING” ?Marco Rubio is a quarter century younger than Hillary Clinton — that’s a fact that can’t be denied. When Rubio announced his candidacy last month, he referred to Hillary Clinton as a "leader from yesterday." The Reuters report by James Oliphant indicates that sentiment goes down through Rubio’s organization. — A top adviser to Rubio says that, "... [w]e welcome the contrast [with Hillary Clinton]..... This election is going to be about the future...."
Again, the GOP and its candidates just need to put forward a simple question like this: “How can an old-timer like Hillary Clinton represent a real future ?” — If you just listen to Hillary’s many warmed-over liberal answers and her leftover policies from past Democrat administrations, including some of those of Bill Clinton, you can tell what the answer to that will have to be.
However, until her very advanced age is thrown into her wrinkled old face, Hillary Clinton will just have to deal with the myriad scandals already out there. That’s another one of the problems when an “old-timer” runs for office, you know.