The Republicans are painting Hillary Clinton as old news for the 2016 presidential election. I can’t think of a single possible Republican presidential contender, except, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who could give Clinton a run for the presidency. Calling attention to Hillary Clinton’s age will backfire on the Republicans. By the time the election rolls around Mrs. Clinton will be 69. Ronald Reagan was 69 when he won the presidency in 1980 and was in his 70s four years later when he won 49 states, the New York Times reports.
Um, the new faces the Republican Party have to offer are Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Excuse me, but I would take Hillary Clinton over these three any day of the week. The Republicans calling Hillary Clinton a ‘has-been’ is actually laughable since their core demographic is made up of older white people. So, they are even ticking off their own base with comments knocking Hillary Clinton’s age.
Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, declared to an audience of reporters at a breakfast last month that electing Hillary Rodham Clinton would be like going back in time. “She’s been around since the ’70s,” he said.
At a conservative conference earlier in the year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, ridiculed the 2016 Democratic field as “a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls,’ ” referring to Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is 70.
And Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, seizing on the Fleetwood Mac song that became a Clinton family anthem, quipped to an audience in Washington, “If you want to keep thinking about tomorrow, maybe it’s time to put somebody new in.”
The usual chorus of Hillary Clinton haters are already crowing. Rush Limbaugh (of all people) asked his radio audience in April if they “want to vote for somebody, a woman, and actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?” They are hard learners. All the muck they threw at Barack Obama didn’t stick in 2008 and 2012. It won’t stick with someone as shrewd and politically savvy as the Clinton machine.