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Monday, August 20, 2007

Age-old question

I'm turned off by the polls that report Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who is 83, is too old to run for re-election or be re-elected next year. That's like saying Tony Bennett, 81, is too old to cut a CD or that Roger Clemens is too old to play baseball at 45.

It's not age but ability that counts. If Bennett couldn't carry a tune anymore, he couldn't get a record label to distribute his songs. If Clemens couldn't retire hitters, even the wealthy Yankees wouldn't spend millions to give him that chance.

The same goes for Lautenberg. He's already decided he can do the job by already raising millions for his 2008 re-election bid. Soon, it'll be up to the voters to decide whether he's right. The focus should be on his record, his stances on contemporary issues and his vision for the future. If he acts and sounds like an old man, the electorate should retire him. Not because he's 83, but because he can't cut it anymore.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is an 83 year old liberal dinosaur to me.

4:28 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is quite liberal. I don't agree with most of his views. But the guy's got panache. If you write to him, he always writes back, and then tells you why he doesn't agree with your point of view, but thanks you for taking the time to express it to him. Unbelievable. He is one of the few politicians who take the time to do so - I am not naive; I know that most of the things sent are form letters, but some of them are so on point that you do have to wonder...

Margaret

6:02 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Ray said...

If they could prop up the corpse of Strom Thurmond and call him a Senator for all those years the least they can do is let Lautenberg reach that state without the whiners calling for him to retire before he gets there.

11:49 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Tom said...

Age aside, the man has been an ineffective as a senator, a brief look at how much, or rather how little federal money returns to New Jersey is one indicator. He was exhumed when the other do nothing senator bought his way into the governor's mansion.

Tom

5:47 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous mister rogers said...

Back in 1982, didn't Frank Lautenberg say that Millicent Fenwick was "too old" to run for the Senate? If I recall correctly, I think Mrs. Fenwick was 72 back then. If re-elected, Lautenberg will be 90 when he completes his 6 year term.

The word for today is "hypocrite." Can you say hypocrite, boys and girls?

12:55 PM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a Hypocrite full of Hippocrap.

7:21 PM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: your last blog item on Abelow's visit -- I have a big problem with the promising "all things to all people" approach to monetization.

Without a well-defined idea of exactly what monetization will pay for, there can be zero assurance it won't be squandered.

With that in mind, the APP pinned Abelow down on what's "sort of eligible" for funding. According to today's article, he said transportation, open space and debt.

Lo and behold, his boss re-opened the scope today at a public school -- saying school construction is in the mix as well.

Get your talking points straight, gentlemen! More important, let's just get an answer we can stick to!

4:04 PM, August 22, 2007  

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