Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Perhaps the age of elected officials is never really out of the news with the question being whether a candidate is too old or too young. Maybe age is garnering more attention because of the upcoming presidential election and the ages of candidates. But it's not just presidential candidates. The age of some Senators has been drawing attention. Why Dianne Feinstein, Like Many Before Her, Refuses to Let Go; Opinion,The U.S. Senate, it’s senior living made permanent. Join today! (satire); and for a different take, an article forwarded by Professor Naomi Cahn, 80 is different in 2023 than in 1776 – but even back then, a grizzled Franklin led alongside a young Hamilton.
Google "how to think about President Biden's age" and you will get a # of results which run the gamut from articles to opinion pieces. Is it really about age? Or is it about the ability to do the job? This New York Times article, How Much Do Voters Really Care About Biden’s Age? reviews polls and research and is a pretty interesting read. Age is definitely a factor, but so is party affiliation, among other factors, the article notes.
I suspect each of us will reach our own conclusions about the ideal age of candidates, whether in local, state, or national races. And it's only a matter of time before the question regarding the age of Supreme Court Justices is in the headlines again.