How do you know Hillary has a good shot at winning the 2016 election? Republicans are scared spitless of her. You can tell by the fact that the continuously declare her candidacy for 2016 dead. They thought that they had her at Benghazi, but that turned out to be worse for the Republicans, as Romney discovered to his chagrin.
Now? Her 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.
First, notice that they don’t say how old she’ll be—69—when she would be inaugurated; instead, they use the word “70’s” and compare her to a man in his seventies as well as fictional characters into their seventies.
And after all, Republicans never nominate old people to office. After all, Mitt Romney was a buoyantly chipper 65. And look at Dubya, he was no more than 54 when he took office.
But then we have Bush Sr., who was 68 when he started his second term. And, oh yeah, Reagan, who was 69 in his first term, 73 in his second. And John McCain, who would have started at 72. And oh yeah, Bob Dole, who would have been 73.
In fact, when the average age of 5 of your last 6 nominees was exactly 69 at the onset of a term they ran for, I don’t think you can go around knocking the leading Democratic candidate for being exactly that age when she would take office.
So, what’s next?