In a campaign year marked by flare-ups surrounding comments that have offended one group or another, John McCain and Barack Obama have moved on to the next sensitive battleground: the question of McCain’s advanced age.
As some Republicans see it, Democrats are deliberately talking in code about the presumptive 71-year-old GOP nominee as part of an attempt to highlight his age.
“It is code; there is no question it is,” Ed Rollins, a Republican strategist who helped lead President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign, said when age surfaced as an issue. “They are trying to raise doubts.”
Yes. There is a definite code:
In all seriousness, Democrats would be really stupid to push ham-handed efforts regarding McCain’s age, because it is one of those issues that will raise itself. People will draw their own conclusions when they see McCain standing next to Obama. Hell, they will draw them when they see McCain standing next to his VP choice, who is more than likely going to be much younger than McCain.
But most of all, McCain’s ideas are old, and we are better off focusing on them.