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  •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

    Kerry made a huge mistake in letting Bush define himself as a christian, as a person with an honorable military record, hell as a human.
    I dont expect or wish Obama to pick this theme, but the contrast of a youthful energetic Obama, and the old tired McCain is something that should enter the public conscience.  

    •  And it will (2+ / 0-)
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      grollen, Yirmiyahu

      by default.  But we don't need to make his age an issue.  Two reasons: first, people will see it anyway, and it doesn't do us any good to look like irreverent whippersnappers by trotting hammering him just for being older; second, more importantly, it sets up Obama for an "I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience." smackdown like Reagan delivered to Mondale.

      People can see the contrast just fine.  But if McCain is, in fact, in otherwise good health, it's an issue that just doesn't win us very much.

    •  Voters have eyes (0+ / 0-)

      Everyone can see that McCain is old and prone to missteps/senility. It does not need to be explicitly pointed out. The Democratic party is not about ageism, especially considering the importance of that voting bloc.

      But one thing that certainly doesn't hurt is seeing a youthful, athletic on TV playing basketball. The contrast is there without having to call McCain a "tired old man".

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