After Benghazi conspiracies fell apart, the GOP is now attacking Hillary Clinton because of her Age

You had to know this was coming.  For months, Republicans have tried to make their fabricated conspiracy about Benghazi stick, only to find time after time that their propaganda simply fell apart.

Benghazi was first meant to be a feeble attack to try and get something on President Obama just before the 2012 elections, but it failed.  Then they shifted the Republican Benghazi conspiracy to a sort of hybrid attack.  First trying to find some twisted way to turn this into an Obama impeachment while simultaneously attacking Hillary Clinton—the probable 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate.

Now that the Benghazi conspiracy theorists have been pushed into the same category as “birthers,” Republicans needed to find something else with which to attack Hillary Clinton.

Apparently, in the twisted alternate reality where many of these Republicans seem to live, her age is their next target.

And I promise you, this will not go over well for Republicans.

First, before I move on, let’s look at what age each one of these former Republican Presidents, or failed Presidential candidates, was or would have been during their first year in office:

  • President Ronald Reagan: 70 years old
  • President George H. Bush: 65 years old
  • 1996 Republican Presidential candidate Bob Dole: 74
  • 2008 Republican Presidential candidate John McCain: 72
  • 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney 66

Hillary Clinton would be 69 in October 2017 (her first year in office).

So let me get this straight—the Republican Party wants to paint Hillary Clinton as too old, when George W. Bush (55) remains the only Republican President or Presidential candidate to be under the age of 65—in the last three decades.

Heck, 3 of the 5 were already in their 70’s.  But they want to say Clinton is “too old?”  Sometimes I wonder if Republicans can do anything that doesn’t make them look like complete hypocrites.

Now Democrats aren’t innocent here. Bill Clinton tried to paint both President George H. Bush and Senator Bob Dole as two men who were politicians from a different era that couldn’t address issues of that day.  Implying that they were just too old.

But what this really boils down to is Republicans are trying to appeal to the “younger crowd.”  Most of the candidates emerging for a possible 2016 run are in their 40’s or 50’s and they seem to think that by painting Hillary Clinton as old, they’ll appeal more to the younger generation.

Yeah, good luck with that.  I don’t care what age you are, when you deny climate change, oppose same-sex marriage and want to build a wall between the United States and Mexico as part of your “immigration reform”—you’re not appealing to younger voters.

And if this is the angle they want to take, they’re going to enrage female voters against them.

There seems to have always been this stereotype of women and their age being held against them in a negative way, especially in the public eye.  You see it in many aspects of public life such as on television or in Hollywood.  Heck, you’ve even seen it with some of the comments by right-wing media personalities such as Rush Limbaugh who said, “Do the American people want to vote for somebody, a woman, and actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?”

Basically, do the American people want to watch a woman get old.

So fine, let Republicans try to paint Hillary as some “old woman who’s out of touch”—I welcome it.  It will only serve as yet another example of how truly out of touch they are, expose even more hypocrisy looking at their past candidates for President and put on full display their anti-female ideologies.

They’ll end up alienating women, not appealing to the young vote (because their social policies are that of the 1950’s and they seem to think science is equally as important as magic) and end up galvanizing Americans around an already very popular Hillary Clinton—just in time for her to kick their rear ends in 2016.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Aloanstar

    You are absolutely right Allen. There has always been a double standard, even in marriages. It has always been acceptable for the guy to be many, many, many years old than his 22 year old bride, but let a woman to do it and people pounce at her with all sorts of names and disgust. Even if Hillary were 80 or 90 when elected, she would still be more in touch with 75% of the people than anyone the GOP can flash at us.

  • mojones1

    So conservatives have no problem with their candidates being well into their 60’s or even 70’s. but it is different if it is a Democratic woman. Another reason that no women should vote Republican. Same old double standard…

  • Genie Christie Long

    Allen, from your lips to God’s ears.

  • Darrell West

    They Let John McCain to be there Republican Party Nominee and he was 100 years old. They help elected Ronald Reagan to be President of the United Stated and he was 70 years old

    • doris

      and Reagan didn’t know his name, but that was ok

      • Phenoy

        Not only that he didn’t know his name, his top adviser was a psychic…

  • Beverly Haley

    The Republican party has been all up in the VAGINA as of late….. Wait till the cries of Menopause comes in… and it will…the Republicans have been educating themselves.

    • Martha Lamb

      Republicans educating themselves? Education is a very dirty word to Republicans…I sincerely doubt they would educate themselves voluntarily.

      • Beverly Haley

        Martha, that was sarcasm.. read the first line again. 🙂 THAT is how they are educating themselves.

  • Anthony

    ’70s*, ’40s*, ’50s*, 1950s*.

    • Thørgasm Wolter

      THANK YOU. Writers need to understand that.

  • katherine norton malek

    Old fart Republicans like McCain, Boehner, Gingrich, McConnell, to name only a few, referencing Hillary’s age…well, isn’t that special?! Age, is a mindset, ass munches! Take Bernie Sanders for instance. He’s old chronologically but able to remain progressive & sensible. While Issa & that fake Spanish dude, the religioso .. what’s his name? I forget…but then it must be my 58 yr. old senior moment..PFFT!! Lets not forget that old fart younger guy making an ass of himself down in TX. Hillary’s going to make more sense than they all do when she’s 85!

    • Ann-Marie Heschle

      Perfect use of The Church Lady signature line!

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Which “old far younger guy making an ass of himself down in TX?” There seem to be several fitting that description.

  • Lesly Weiner

    How dare Hilary age. Doesn’t she know she’s a woman?

    • lessthantolerant

      is she really?

  • Abguest22

    So, what about those congressmen and senators who are hard line far right republican? Chuck Grassley 79 3/4, Orrin Hatch 79, Richard Shelby 79, Ralph Hall 90, storm Thurmond 100+ when he left office. I mean come on…

  • Schuyler Thorpe

    To put it bluntly: “The GOP are terrified of Hillary Clinton. And given their per chance to line up more crack pot candidates to run on the ticket in 2016, it’s no small wonder Republicans think they’ll get steam-rolled in the primaries.”

  • Mr. Brilliant

    C’mon folks. The publisher of the Downieville (Sierra County, CA) Mountain Messenger justly opines: “If you’ve gotta a standard, you might as well make it a double.”

  • Bellalina Ballerina

    Sadly it will be very effective. There are not enough people who think for themselves.

  • Phenoy

    HIllary should tell them: ” Be afraid, be VERY afraid”…

  • Reginald Samothy Adams

    The right loves Margaret Thatcher, and wasn’t that old cast-iron ingot about 800-900 years old when she finally took her bigoted b.s. to permanent bed?

  • Tuesday Wang

    Hilary Clinton has a higher IQ than 3 Bushes combined and her strength of will is apparent.

    She has shown more progressiveness than most of the Republican candidates, who are spewing more and more nonsense in an increasingly desperate manner.

    She is not too old. She is wise.

    • Foom Anchu

      Lets face it a Clinton in the hand is worth 3 bush’s

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        *groan*

    • lessthantolerant

      It takes fortitude to suck on old pussy, so Hildabeast may have quite a constitution.

  • necromomma

    I’d still do her! It might be very awkward and kinda gross, but frankly she’s a stud.

  • openlyblack

    … and one of the biggest proponents of this nonsensical ageist attack is Mitch McConnell … born February 20th 1942 … aged 71!

  • lessthantolerant

    Nothing worse to look at then an old lesbian. Can you democrats please get an attractive lesbian to run for president in 2016, Hildabeast has spent way to many nights sucking sour pussy.
    Wait!, “attractive lesbian”, oh sorry, forgot if they were attractive they would never have become lesbians.
    Never mind!