Digby blogs on politics. If you don’t know her, you should.
Her blog is called Hullabaloo.
She recently put up an interesting post on ageism and older people where she talks about her father’s attitude toward John McCain.
Some of you may remember me writing about my conservative Dad — retired military, very right wing, very political. He’s the type of guy who thinks General Curtis Lemay had the right idea about bombing Hanoi back into the stone age.
He and I were just talking about the presidential race and he astonished me by saying that he won’t vote for McCain because he’s just too old. This, from a man who is nearly 15 years older than him! In his case, this translates into just not voting rather than a vote for Obama or Clinton (completely out of the question, of course) but for those elderly who aren’t so rigid in their politics, this really could be a big deal. McCain should be my Dad’s dream candidate — naval war hero POW, military obsessive, “go-to-hell” macho attitude. That his age overrules all of that good stuff says something.
Older people, as a group, are among the most ageist of all Americans. This is going to be a problem for McCain as he attempts to woo voters his age (71) and older.