Through The Static

May 29, 2008

Things younger than McCain

Filed under: Humor,Politics,WTF — Tranimal @ 6:21 pm

This is pretty damn hilarious. Thanks to LMP for this one. You know were to get ’em political jokes! 😀

Description of the site:

Things younger than Republican Presidential candidate (oh, and did I forget to mention war hero?) John McCain

Am I being “age-ist”? Maybe. But maybe not. The world is a pretty complicated place right now and I’m thinking that it’s not such a great time to elect our oldest President ever. So sue me.

Some notable ones (there were SO MANY!!). Note that ALL of these are younger than McCain:

  • McDonald’s
  • States of Hawaii
  • AND Alaska
  • Scrabble
  • Penicillin
  • Don Imus
  • Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Zip Code
  • AND the AREA CODE
  • AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
  • ISRAEL
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Ronald Reagan

The author’s reasoning behind the side after accusations of AGEISM:

I’ve received a bunch of emails – and read a number of posts in the comments section – that questioned whether or not this blog is ageist. It’s a fair question and I wanted to take a minute to offer my answer.

It isn’t. Here’s why:

Before the blog launched, I thought long and hard to see if I could come up with reasons how gender or race could negatively impact on someone’s ability to do an effective job as President… and I couldn’t come up with a single one. But I was able to come up with reasons why age – at least, potentially – could be a factor:

  • Memory loss
  • Decreased stamina
  • Greater susceptibilty to illness
  • Possible lack of ability to relate to the issues and concerns of the vast majority of younger Americans
  • And, of course, the increased likelihood of dying in office… throwing the country into temporary turmoil and placing a greater importance of the role of Vice President

Furthermore, I got to thinking how the framers of the Constitution saw fit to attach an age minimum of 35 to the office of the President. Presumably, they felt that people younger than 35 lacked the skills necessary to be able to run the country. While I’m certainly not suggesting that we have a Constitutional amendment creating an age maximum, it does tell me that my line of thinking (namely, that age does matter) is clearly not without precedent.

Now, does all this mean that John McCain would AUTOMATICALLY be a bad President JUST because he’s 72? Of course not (he’d be a bad President for a whole host of other reasons!), but I am saying that it’s reasonable to make the subject of his age – and all that it entails – part of a dialogue about his qualifications… and that we shouldn’t run from the topic because it has an “ism” attached to it.

That’s what I say – what say you?

This is pretty hilarious. At the ripe age of 71, sometimes I really do feel like McCain looks like the walking dead… pale and wrinkly.

P.S. the WTF category is more like WTF he’s REALLY THAT OLD?!

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3 Comments »

  1. Ronald Reagan is younger than John McCain?? I’m pretty sure that one is wrong…Reagan at the time he was first inaugurated was younger than McCain is now, that’s true.

    I quote Paul Mooney too much, but I like his observation on McCain: “John McCain looks like a shaved Santa Claus. He needs to go find some elves.”

    Comment by disciplepete — May 29, 2008 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  2. Dying in office? Well, even Kennedy, the second-youngest president, died in office–though his was a case of being slain in a Continental, not drained by incontinence or anything like that.

    Comment by Threecents — May 30, 2008 @ 3:38 am | Reply

  3. Great way to put it.

    Comment by krissnp — June 22, 2008 @ 5:43 pm | Reply


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