Ed Driscoll

2016: A Juxtaposition Odyssey


In 2008, much of the far left mocked John McCain’s age to further contrast the veteran senator against his youthful and inexperienced competitor in the presidential race. Those same pundits have already declared Hillary’s age — she’ll be only a year younger in 2016 than McCain was in 2008 — off limits. Their tut-tutting is already producing some fun juxtapositions, illustrated by the example above, as spotted by Twitchy, which also has a nice juxtaposition from Slate juiceboxer Matt Yglesias. Is he lying then, or is he lying now? Well, let’s ask him:


So let’s review: In 2004, the cry was that we must have an experienced veteran Navy man, who by the way, served in Vietnam in the White House, which is why we must vote for John Kerry over George W. Bush. In 2008, John McCain was too old, and who knows what his time in Vietnam did to his cerebellum — ex-military guys are bonkers, you know. Plus he’s old, really old. So old, he can’t send an email, as an Obama attack ad in the fall of 2008 pointed out:

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Of course, the reason why he couldn’t send an email is that he lost the use of much of his manual dexterity thanks to being tortured by the North Vietnamese. As Jonah Goldberg noted in response in 2008:

Lord knows I think the chicken-hawk arguments are stupid. And I don’t think the fact that Obama never served in the military should count against him in and of itself. But how stupid is it for the Obama campaign to claim that McCain is unqualified to be president because he can’t grasp cyber-security issues based on the fact he has never sent an email when the McCain campaign can just as easily say Obama can’t understand first order national security issues because he’s never fired a rife, flown a plane, commanded men in battle, or faced an enemy? I mean which prepares someone to be commander in chief better, hitting “send” on AOL or fighting a war?

In 2016, a presidential candidate is too old, too out of touch? That’s utter hate speech.

Hillary will be 69 in 2016. Is pushing 70 too old to govern? Of course not. Which was also true in 2008 — and in 1980, 1984, and in 1996:

““We have no morals, and we will attack you,” Ethan Krupp, Obamacare’s Footie Pajamas Boy wrote while in college, declaring himself to be a “liberal f***,” which he defined thusly: “A Liberal F*** is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme leftist views and sarcasm to win any argument while make the opponents feel terrible about themselves.”

He will not be alone in the next few years, which means plenty more opportunities for juxtapositions to come.