Thinking Citizen Blog — Is Joe Biden too old? Is It a Fair Question? What is the Best Metric?
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Today’s Topic: Is Joe Biden too old? Is It a Fair Question? What is the Best Metric?
“Playing the age card against an elderly opponent is a familiar maneuver in American politics,” wrote Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe last week. He reminded his readers that a 29 year old Biden had done so against his 62 year old opponent back in Delaware in 1972. And then again against a 72 year old John McCain in 2008. Of course, Biden is now 79 years, far beyond the age at which air traffic controllers are mandated to retire (56). Prior to Eisenhower, no American President had retired past the age of 70. Eisenhower retired at 70. Reagan at 77. Is America being ruled by a “gerontocracy”? Trump is 75. Pelosi, the Speaker of the House is 82. Schumer, Senate Majority Leader is 71. Diane Feinstein, the senior Senator from California is 88. So what? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
OPINION POLLS ON BIDEN’S FITNESS FOR OFFICE : slight changes in wording matter (first link below)
1. Mentally fit or not: 53% not fit, 47% fit.
2. Do you think Joe Biden is showing he is too old to be President or do you think he is showing that he is fit to be President? Too old: 62%. Still fit: 38%.
3. Too old breakdown: Democrats, 22%, Republicans 88%, independents 72%.
WILL BIDEN RUN FOR OFFICE IN 2024: A SURVEY OF WASHINGTON POST COLUMNISTS (second link below)
1. 8 Yes (McCardle, Emba, Roberts, Tumulty, Hohmann, Abernathy, Rubin, Capehart)
2. 4 No (Dionne, Sargent, Robinson, Hewitt)
3. “Biden would be an octogenarian in his second term, and it’s not as if being president is like playing bridge, or gardening, or serving as a U.S. senator.”
NB: What do you think?
BIDEN APPROVAL RATINGS (FiveThirtyEight)
1. Disapprove: 55.5% up from 36% a year and a half ago.
2. Approve: 39% down from 53% a year and a half ago.
FOOTNOTE — Jimmy Carter
In case you were wondering, at 97, Jimmy Carter is both the oldest living president and the longest-lived president ever.
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