For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Democrat operative takes on McCain's age (paragraph break eliminated):
Despite a recent promise from Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean not to make Sen. John McCain's age -- he turns 72 in August -- an issue in the presidential campaign, a senior Democratic operative has started a new website designed to draw attention to just that fact. Called "Younger than McCain", the website is being run by Steve Rosenthal, a former political director at the AFL-CIO and executive director of America Coming Together, a massive soft money effort organized around the 2004 presidential race. Rosenthal is now a partner in The Organizing Group.
Putting aside the politics and your personal views regarding the GOP nominee, is his age a factor? The fastest growing segment of our population is over 70. People are living into their hundreds. Is this a foolish issue for the Dems to focus on? Does it mean they'd rather compare ages than experience and qualifications? Are they punting on real issues, and, instead, focusing on such trivialities for a reason? Or, assuming Obama is the nominee, is this a wise strategy because of his relative youthfulness?