January 21, 2008 – How old was Reagan when he was elected in his FIRST term? That’s right — 70. The same age as John McCain.


 GOP Sen. John McCain upon being rescued as POW of the Viet Cong:  Balls.  Of. Steel. 

I have issues with John McCain’s plugging of the “global warming” phenomenon (again, move away from Arizona, if it’s too hot), and his opposition to Bush’s tax cuts for small businesses — something that’s desperately needed to stimulate this sagging economy, especially when the move brought in more money into government coffers in a single day last year than any other single previous day in history.

I have also razzed McCain for appearing to doze off during the State of the Union address — I mean, if you’re going to run for president, you’ve got to at least LOOK awake while on official business, and not remind me of my dad in his armchair at 11pm in front of the tube on any given night.

But on that particular note, I’m thoroughly willing to concede that any 70-year old who can make it through what amounts to a grueling 2-year marathon campaign is sufficiently fit to be president.  After all, the greatest president in US history — that would be Ronald Reagan — was also 70-years old when he took office. 

Now let me tell you why, despite my opposition to his platform in some areas, I have a heck of a lot of admiration for John McCain — and why the rest of this country should (and apparently does, based on the fact that he’s now a frontrunner for the GOP nod).

You might not agree with him, but you absolutely have to respect Senator John McCain for sticking to his principles.  In fact, we’re talking about a man who was SO principled that when he was taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, and after enduring unspeakable torture and broken bones and being offered release, he insisted that everyone else be released before him.  So they kept torturing him, and demanded the names of his fellow servicemen.  In response, McCain gave his tortmentors the names of the Green Bay Packers offensive line.

One of my good friends, a professor with a PhD in history who’s more or less a political moderate (like most US voters), said the following of McCain in an email to me today:

“He’s one of the few real men in American politics. The rest are all chickenhawks. This guy will go into Afghanistan and personally cut the guts out of bin Laden, then [tell] the King of Saudi Arabia to quit playing his bulls**t games…”

What you see is exactly what you get with Maverick McCain — from telling the people of Michigan that auto industry jobs won’t be coming back, but that he will bring them new opportunities, to telling Fox News’ Alan Colmes and Sean Hannity that it was “great to be with you two jerks.”

Another passenger on his revived “Straight Talk Express” is McCain’s daughter, who conceded that Obama’s “cute”.  (Yeah, I suppose some might say that he least has that going for him.)

BTW, while you may not agree with McCain’s position on illegal aliens, also keep in mind that the chances of electing a president who will go door-to-door to deport them is also precisely NIL.  I know my fellow GOPers may not like hearing that, but it’s the reality.  Just as Roe v. Wade will never be overturned, either.  Not by even the most strident socially conservative president.  When people realize the realities of what can feasibly be done and distinguish them from what cannot, it ensures that one’s choice for president actually has some basis in reality rather than fantasy.



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4 responses to “January 21, 2008 – How old was Reagan when he was elected in his FIRST term? That’s right — 70. The same age as John McCain.

  1. samcat55

    If John McCain is so principled, what about the charges against him while he was a POW in Viet Nam? Bring them out to light, evidence that they are false,. These items brings up questions about him, much like John Kerry and never have been addressed.

    Any person who would craft McCain Feingold is hardly principled enough to take the oath of office which still consists of protecting defending the Constitution of the USA. That legistlature is a violation of the first Amendment. I would worry what other civil liberties a President McCain would erode.

    Yep, I understand the reality of what Rachel says about the twin issues of immigration (Reagan’s big idealistic mistake during his two terms) and abortion. I want someone who at least agrees with the rule of law on the one, and to take away legislation by jurists on the other. When it comes to McCain, Edwards Obama and Clinton, there is no difference in any of those issues, and I will just not vote any of them for President.

    With candidates like McCain out there, the Republican Party has gone so far left, it has left conservatives like me out. The splintering of the GOP began in 2006, and it may get worse should someone like McCain (of the fabulous Keating five, yep there is real principle for you) gets the nomination.

    The major difference between Ronald Reagan and John McCain is the eternal optimism of true conservatism, the belief of the city on a shining hill. I don’t see that from McCain.

    Perhaps next time someone sees Manchurian Candidate McCain, they might ask him what he thought of Captain Cook. Just a thought.

  2. augurwell

    I agree that … Rudy Giuliani Should Be GOP Nominee
    by S.M.W.



    “I have little doubt that under a Giuliani administration, the United States will hunt down and “kill terrorists” (in Dennis Miller’s words), that Iran will be prevented from developing nuclear weapons – a potentially cataclysmic scenario – and that any new attacks on American soil will be met with a swift and devastating response.

    I do not have the same confidence in McCain or Romney.

    Final Presidential Scorecard

    My final scorecard on these five issues is as follows:

    On the war on terror, Giuliani is the best candidate; McCain is a distant second.

    On immigration, Giuliani is the best candidate; Romney is a close second.

    On the economy, Giuliani and Romney are equally strong; McCain is a distant third.

    On health care reform, Giuliani is the best candidate; Romney is a distant second.

    On Supreme Court appointments, all three candidates are equally strong.”




  3. samcat55

    Just my two cents on the five issues brought up by the poster above, and good points they are.

    On the war on terror, like Ron Paul, none of the candidates have a clue on how to deal with it. I am being brutally honest about it. McCain has been a disrupter, Giuliani has never been in a position to respond nor has any coherent plan, Romney and Huckabee are disengaged.

    On immigration, again, none of them have a clue. All are guilty of scamnesty of one form or another. It is hard to say, but Ron Paul was the only who is right on this issue and proved it by his vote. Where is Tom Tancredo when you need him.

    On the economy, I agree that Giuliani and Romney are equally strong; McCain is in the same boat with Huckabee.

    On health care reform, all of them seem to be for socialized medicine, so none of them are worth a damn.

    On Supreme Court appointments, they are all equally bad for the country. Again, Paul would appoint true Constitutionalists, the others would play the liberal card. Huckabee would probably appoint a pro lifer though, which gives him points with me even though that is probably the only one I agree with.

    Who am I going to vote for in the Florida primary?

    I can tell you who I am not going to vote for. McCain or Rudy for sure. As for the rest, Romney is a possiblity and had Huckabee been a true conservative, he would get my vote. I was leaning toward Thompson, but he is gone. I may just lodge a protest vote and vote for Ron Paul, because I am thoroughly disgusted with the list of candidates. None of the above is looking pretty good, right now.

    Oh, I got a robocall from Bill McCallum for Rudy and another from Common Sense, which seemed to be pulling for Huckabee. Suffice to say, they did not sway me.

  4. samcat55

    One last thing. John McCain is now 71 and should he be nominated, he will be 72, and if elected will be the oldest person elected President for a first term, which would make him younger than President Reagan in his second term.

    Currently, President Reagan was the oldest person elected as President at the age of 69 for his first term, but was re-elected at the age of 73.

    Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

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