This is actually very very clever. It gives the appearance that the media are actually being critical of Hillary, but without actually hurting her electorally. Most voters think all politicians are dishonest anyway. Meanwhile, CNN can avoid talking about the things Hillary is being dishonest about(Influence peddling, destroying evidence, running a phony charity)that might actually hurt her with voters.
Well played, CNN.
Meanwhile, does anyone find the current Democrat swoon over septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders kind of ironic given what these same Democrats were saying about Septuagenarian John McCain back in 2008?
CNN wondered openly, in 2008, if John McCain was just too damn old to be president.
Whether or not the Democrats are playing word games, it is abundantly clear that, for many voters, McCain’s age is a real concern. Roughly one-third of respondents in most recent national polls say that McCain’s age could impede his ability to effectively govern the nation.
In 2015, their enthusiasm for ancient white dude Bernie Sanders is much more pronounced.
Sanders, an agitator who doesn’t suffer fools, political opponents or journalists gladly, is testing whether the kind of populist, liberal agenda that gave him 75% approval ratings in his adopted home state can catch fire nationwide.
In 2008 John McCain was “angry,” “ill-tempered” “out of touch,” but Bernie Sanders is “fiery” and “doesn’t suffer fools.”
Democrat Media Operative Steve Chapman asked in 2008, “Is McCain Too Old to be President.”
“The voters may never know if a president is growing befuddled by routine tasks – or if a president, wearied by age, has simply lost the energy needed to perform well.”
This same operative in 2015, while being dismissive of Sanders chances, calls him a “charismatic upstart,” and “uncompromising liberal champion,” but uses this mainly to color his patron Hillary Clinton as “centrist” and “buttondown.” Sanders advanced age does not warrant a mention.
John McCain is old and, as several news outlets have reported, he’s only getting older. This wouldn’t be a problem if his opponent in the general election were equally chronologically gifted. But Barack Obama is one of the youngest Democratic nominees ever. If he won, he’d be the third-youngest U.S. president.
Slate is a lot more enthusiastic about the even older Bernie Sanders
On Saturday night, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wrapped up a three-day charm offensive that took him through a half-dozen counties in Iowa. He brought standing-room crowds to small-town cafes and his Fourth of July schedule was packed with parades, with hours spent carrying banners with small armies in matching Bernie shirts and shaking hands in a state where his standing in the polls seems to be growing by the day.
So how old is John McCain? Six-packs, automatic transmissions and the American Express card were all introduced after he was born — not to mention computers, which McCain admits he doesn’t use.
But in 2015, NBC just swoons at the crowds Sanders is gathering in leftist strongholds, age is simply not mentioned.
You will search those sources in vain for much coverage of Sander’s Todd Akinesque “Cervical cancer is caused a lack of orgasms” remarks. And unlike Todd Akin, other Democrats will not be asked repeatedly to disavow those remarks.
In 2008, Democrats were warning, “It’s not cool to vote for an angry old white guy.”
In 2015, they are cheering, “Vote for the angry old white guy, because it’s cool!”