COMMENTARY | Byron York, in a Washington Examiner piece calling on Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president, had an interesting observation about how really young and fresh most of the Democrats being mentioned for 2016 are.
“Clinton will be 69 years old on inauguration day 2017, nearly the oldest president ever. She has had a few health scares. By all accounts, she left her previous four-year stint in government service exhausted. She might not run, and the Democrat in second place in the polls, Vice President Joe Biden — 74 on inauguration day — is too old to be president.”
Warren herself would be 67, by the way, not exactly fresh and youthful. Another Democrat mentioned, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, would be 59.
It should be noted that many of the possible Republicans like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin are relatively young, in their 40s and 50s. Jeb Bush, the great moderate hope, would be 63 if by chance he were to be sworn in at the third president from that esteemed family.
Mind, this is not to say that age itself should be a bar to the White House, Reagan, after all, was 69 when he was sworn in and he was the greatest president of the last century. But youth is also a certain attitude, a freshness and vigor that can be infectious. John F. Kennedy had it. Obama himself had it during the heady “hope and change” days of the 2008 campaign. Does anyone on the Democratic bench have that quality?
The Democrats might well be advised to find someone younger, fresher to run in 2016 than the usual suspects. He or she would have to be under 50 and someone no one has ever heard of. Who that person might be remains to be seen. But, after all, who had heard of Barack Obama really in 2006?