Yesterday, a member of the most transparent administration in history, David Plouffe — in spreading a meme that the less-cynical, more bright-eyed and idealistic among us would never deign to think might be coordinated with several other administration-friendly media outlets — tweeted that former lefty hero Bob Woodward, age 69, might be ready for the glue factory:
No subtlety here. Mike Schmidt can’t hit pro pitching now for one reason: he is too old.
The White House wants America to re-imagine Bob Woodward as a reporter who can no longer be trusted because of his age. I suppose this is the only feasible means they imagined for striking back — how else to ruin the trustworthy reputation of Bob Woodward than to claim he no longer has the cognition of … Bob Woodward?
Shortly, I will put in a call to those prominent Obamacare cheerleaders at AARP, seeking their comment. I do not expect one.
Perhaps the White House’s stated position on the competence of an otherwise sharp-as-a-tack senior like Woodward will spur Democratic constituencies to reconsider the much-mocked Sarah Palin and “Death Panels”, and Obamacare’s “cost-saving” mechanisms in general.
I do not expect that many will.
Perhaps, after contacting AARP, I will also contact some prominent Democrats regarding the White House’s policy of ageism.
Let’s see: Woodward is 69, and has apparently lost his competency. Which Democratic figures — who, like Woodward, are otherwise not showing symptoms of dementia — should I immediately notify to be on watch regarding Obama’s loss of confidence in their faculties?
I’ll start with …
Joe Biden, age 70.
Then, Cabinet members:
John Kerry — 69Chuck Hagel — 66Ray LaHood — 67Steven Chu — 65Eric Shinseki — 70
Lautenberg — 89Feinstein — 79Levin — 78Mikulski — 76Rockefeller — 75Harkin — 73Reid — 73Leahy — 72Boxer — 72Sanders — 71Baucus — 71Nelson — 70Cardin — 69Durbin — 68Blumenthal — 67Johnson — 66Carper — 66Shaheen — 66Manchin — 65Hirono — 65