GOP Portrays Hillary Clinton as “Too Old” For 2016 Presidency
3:00 pm, July 2nd | by Colette McIntyre
In THE MOST BRILLIANT STRATEGIC GENIUS POLITICAL MOVE since a bitter William Jennings Bryan swapped out William Taft’s bathtub for a wash basin, Republicans have taken to reminding the public that Hillary Clinton has a case of The Oldz, which won’t be cured by the 2016 presidential election. In fact, Clinton’s Oldz will only get worse with time. “Ew, isn’t that 2tally gross,” the GOP asked. “Let’s go tweet about it on our Facespaces!”
While 2016 is a ways away and Clinton hasn’t even decided if she’s going to run for the office, Republican strategists and presidential hopefuls are portraying the former secretary of state as too old for the presidency, the Times reports. By the next presidential election, Clinton will be 69, a few decades older than potential Republican candidates, who are all in their 40s and 50s.
“She’s been around since the ’70s,” Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s top strategist, snarked at a breakfast last month. During a conservative conference earlier in the year, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) referred to the 2016 Democratic field as “a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls.’ And because the Republican Pharell Williams, Karl “The Eternal Spring” Rove, didn’t want to miss out on all the jibs and fun, he quipped, “The idea that we’re at the end of her generation and that it’s time for another to step forward is certainly going to be compelling.”
The “end of her generation,” huh, Karl? How are you and all the other fixed gear-ridin’, ’90s-lovin’, FaceTiming millennials doing? Don’t you just love Williamsburg? Follow me on Vine.
It’s interesting that Republicans are attempting to call attention to Clinton’s age when they were ones to place Ronald Reagan in office when he was 69 and again when he was in his 70s four years later. (As Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, pointed out to the Times, Reagan got 59 percent of the youth vote when he ran.) By 2016, Clinton will be three years younger than John McCain was when he ran against President Obama. And guess which party nominated the oldest presidential candidate ever? You guessed it — the Grand OLD Party (nailed it!) when Bob Dole ran at 73.
As per usual, the Republican party is being misogynistic and hatin’ on a powerful lady. Nothing new there. But hey, let’s just let them; it’s more likely that this “GROSS SHE’S OLD” strategy will blow up in the Republicans’ faces than hurt Clinton’s chances. (If she even ends up running.) As Rep. Nancy Pelosi told the Times, “they would go to that place at their own risk. Age is like art — it’s a matter of interpretation.”