Did you know that John McCain is older than the state of Alaska, the polio vaccine and the chocolate chip cookie? He is also older than Mount Rushmore, the nation of Israel and FM radio.
These fun facts and more can be found at the fantastic new blog Things Younger than McCain.
While McCain's staff and supporters are likely to try to spin this as "ageism," I agree with Ezra Klein:
That's all sort of funny, but it also points to a more serious critique of McCain's mindset, which mixes a deep desire for World War II-style heroics with a habituation to the paranoia and fear typical of the Cold War-era. What you don't see in McCain is much recognition that the world has changed, that today's threats are considerably less deadly than yesterday's dangers, and that it's been a very long time since America was a rigidly ordered society that needed its leaders to provide appropriate martial values.
While there is no shame in being older than the ballpoint pen, it is McCain's stuck in time mindset that makes him unfit for the challenges that we are facing. McCain is trapped in the kind of mindset that led us into the Iraq war and that promises to keep American troops there for many years to come. We need and deserve better.
We need someone who is not stuck in the past to challenge Americans to unite to solve the current crises that we are facing including global warming, our crumbling healthcare system and our shattered international reputation.
The world has changed greatly even in just the last 7 disastrous years of the Bush administration.
We need a president who will inspire us to rise to met the challenges of our generation not ask us stick our collective fingers in our ears while shouting "We're number 1! We're number 1!"