The parsing of a possible Hillary Clinton run for president is now part of the national political discussions. Here are two tweets on this subject by the Boston Herald's Michael Graham, a former stand up comic who worked with Seinfeld and Jeff Foxworthy, and now political commentator and radio host.
"Hillary's only two political accomplishments:
She married one of the most talented politicians alive today...
"She stayed married to him, despite the many embarrassing instances of faint, female moaning from various White House closets."
And then the Post Dispatch's Bill McClellan weighed in this morning writing about the biggest obstacle to a Hillary candidacy, her age.
"She would be the second-oldest person ever elected president. Ronald Reagan was the oldest. He was 69 years and 11 months when he assumed office.
So her age will be an issue. You think she relishes that? She and her husband have plenty of money. There is no need — other than ambition — to go through a grueling primary campaign. And to what end? After eight years of Obama, the great likelihood is 2016 will be a Republican year.
I’m sure there are plenty of the old Clinton crowd who want another shot at power. They want to be the lords and ladies of Georgetown one more time. They will be urging her on. You can do this, they will say. Sixty-nine is the new fifty-nine.
But ambition is like caffeine. It keeps you going for only so long. She realizes that. Nobody ever said she wasn’t bright."
Dale and I have talked about Hillary and the age thing many times. Can she find the energy to do what is necessary to run a campaign? Maybe. But the contrast between her and younger opposition from both parties will be stark. Reagan could pull off the constant remarks about his age from the press corps with humor, but with a woman and a woman with Hillary's baggage as well, I don't know. I hope she doesn't do it.