by Max Brantley
Jonathan Martin writes in the New York Times today about the latest Republican attack strategy against Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential presidential candidacy:
In summary: She's a washed-up old lady.
I'm guessing a lot of old ladies won't like that much. They are known to vote.
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.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Chicago this month, has not yet said whether she will run for president again in 2016.
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.
And Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, seizing on the Fleetwood Mac song that became a Clinton family anthem, quipped to an audience in Washington, “If you want to keep thinking about tomorrow, maybe it’s time to put somebody new in.”
The 2016 election may be far off, but one theme is becoming clear: Republican strategists and presidential hopefuls, in ways subtle and overt, are eager to focus a spotlight on Mrs. Clinton’s age.
Hillary Clinton will turn 69 in October 2016.
Just by way of reminder for Republicans worried about washed-up political figures: Remember the patron saint of their political party? Ronald Reagan took office in 1981 as president a month before his 70th birthday. He'd been out of political office for six years at that time. He'd been defeated in a previous effort to win the Republican nomination four years earlier (and also in 1968). Who you calling washed up?