While it came as no surprise, Joe Biden’s entry into the already crowded 2020 democratic field has saddled the nation with a new concern: Can an older politician still be effective?
There is something to be said for the wisdom of age. This has been the pure and unadulterated truth for the history of civilization. You can’t read a book or watch a YouTube video and suddenly be an inspired craftsman or prodigal visionary. This knowledge is only a stepping stone toward wisdom, the latter of which requires a hefty load of experience to take root.
And in this game, mistakes and missteps are absolutely necessary for the educational process.
One would argue that this wisdom is all-important when vying for the highest office in the land, but there is a flip side to this coin as well.
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Older politicians’ priorities are not always organized in terms of the future, with the aforementioned wisdom often coming in terms of the way that the world operates in the past, or, at best, the here and now. Concerns for the coming years are often dissected and pondered by the younger members of our political world, giving these relative newcomers an edge in the youth vote.
Democrats, who by and large hold sway over the younger voting demographics, will now be forced to extrapolate the value of age with the emergence of former VP Joe Biden as their leading candidate.
President Trump knows this.
‘I think we beat him easily,’ he told he told DailyMail.com outside the White House amid a reporter scrum as he left for a National Rifle association Speech in Indianapolis.
And he suggested that Biden, who would be 78 years old on Inauguration Day if he should win the 2020 election, is already showing his age on the campaign trail. Trump, 72, called himself ‘a young, vibrant man.’
‘I look at Joe, I don’t know about him. I don’t know,’ he said. ‘I would never say anyone’s too old but I know they’re all making me look very young both in terms of age and in terms of energy.’
Biden’s age won’t be the only factor in the race, obviously, as the longtime politico struggles to contain his past, public transgressions against women.
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