Yesterday Democratic Rep. John Murtha said that Sen. John McCain is too old to be president. Murtha might have a unique perspective on the age-factor: Murtha himself is 75, four years older than McCain. He says the rigors and stress of running the country is too much for guys their age.
"I've served with seven presidents. When they come in, they all make mistakes. They all get older. This one guy running is about as old as me. Let me tell you something, it's no old man's job."
That "one guy" running, if elected would be the oldest man to become president at age 72. McCain's take-it-easy, senior citizen's schedule in the past few days has included a wild turn with Chris Matthews on Hardball, a big announcement about cutting the gas tax for the summer, and a slot as the cover boy for New York magazine. That's more than I've done in the past 48 hours, for sure.
Ronald Reagan may have famously quipped while campaigning for a second term at 72, that he was not going to exploit his opponent's "youth and inexperience" when the question of his age surfaced — but is Murtha right? Is McCain the answer to the question, "How old is too old?"