Leave it to the Democrat National Committee Chairman, Dr. Howard Dean, to slam Sen. John McCain on the so-called age issue http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/TheNote/stroy?id=3105455&page=1.
Dr. Dean couched his shot by saying that the age issue was not brought up by himself but by a focus group of "conservative" Democrat voters in Charleston, West Virginia.
According to the good doctor, these voters were concerned about Sen. McCain's age and health. And, remember this is a "conservative" group. These people, especially women, thought his views were "old-fashioned."
I mean, what makes a conservative Republicans views "old-fashioned" to conservative voters?
Dr. Dean said that the women in the group were shocked, shocked I tell you, that Sen. McCain is in favor of not having the government pay for birth control and that he supports abstinence-only sex education.
The question is, does Dr. Dean know any conservatives? And does he have a problem with Sen. McCain being possibly the oldest elected president?
The answer is, no to the conservatives and yes to the age issue.
Dr. Dean is just trying to nudge the "age issue" in to create a doubt in voter's minds. You know, an old guy just can not do things like a young (60) Sen. Hillary Clinton or a youthful (47) and inexperienced Sen. Barack Obama. Never mind that Sen. McCain has something neither Sens. Clinton or Obama have. Wisdom.
A lot of things have been written in this blog about Sen. McCain, and yes the "age issue" was brought up. And, sure enough leave it to the grenade launcher, Dr. Dean, to broach the subject.
Here is the thing.
Dr. Dean, Sens. Clinton or Obama could not shine his shoes on a good day. Sen. McCain maybe 71 years old, but he has a fire in the belly. He wants to be president. He has a schedule that most people half of his age have a hard time keeping up with.
And, for Dr. Dean's information, Sen. McCain is a conservative. And while not one who talks much about his social conservatism, he has it and votes accordingly.
If these focus group people were "conservative" then they would not be ignorant to allegedly make such comments about Sen. McCain's stand on some social issues.
No, the grenade launcher that Dr. Dean is now is launching. No, we will not be treated to any screams, but he will lob as many as he can hoping it will stick.
I do not think that bringing up the "age issue" is a way that Dr. Dean wants to go. We shall see, but it does show that the Democrats are not all that comfortable talking about their issues, so they will make some up. Typical.