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Dave G wrote:

So, is there a blog somewhere that touts people that are

"Bitchier than Hillary?" (that would be a short list)
"Closer to reality than Hillary" (a long list)
"More associates investigated for corruption than Hillary?" (another short list)

or maybe
"Blacker than BHO?" (that would be a long list)
"More elitist than BHO?" (very short)
"More clueless than BHO?" (probably shouldn't waste time on this one)

Habitat Hermit wrote:

Great to see someone starting early on the "soo oooold" meme as it gets boring quickly (of course there will be exceptions, it's a safe bet certain people will be repeating the meme all the way to 2012).

Robert A. Heinlein's first novel is younger than McCain.

F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom is even younger - and should be near the top of McCain's reading list.

bbbeard wrote:

Not hardly.

The web site opens with:

"John McCain was born on August 29th, 1936. His father was born in 1911 and his mother was born in 1912. If elected, he would be the oldest person to ever hold that office."

Now, grammar and logic -- not to mention arithmetic -- are probably not those youngsters' strong points, but allow me to point out that Ronald Reagan was the "oldest person to ever hold [sic] that office". Reagan was about two week's shy of his 78th birthday when he left office on January 20th, 1989.

So I put together the list of men who were the oldest persons ever to hold the office of President on the day they left office. The list is [excluding Washington]

John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
Andrew Jackson
Dwight Eisenhower
Ronald Reagan

By way of comparison, I also computed the list of men who were the youngest ever to hold the Presidency, on the day they took office. That list is [again excluding Washington]

Martin Van Buren
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Franklin Pierce
Ulysses S. Grant
Theodore Roosevelt

With the possible exception of Teddy, I would take the oldsters over the youngsters. Any day.


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