I don’t agree with everything John McCain says. In fact, his stands on a few issues–i.e., immigration–could persuade me to vote for someone else, if I find another candidate more closely aligned with my opinions. If he can’t control his temper, it will hurt our negotiations with friend and foe alike.
One characteristic is not among them: his age. Lots of people come into their own late in life. Look at this list:
- Winston Churchill led the British government in World War II at 66.
- Charles de Gaulle was elected president of France at 69
- Ronald Reagan became president at 69
- Benjamin Franklin helped write the Constitution at 81.
- Claude Monet finished painting his famous Water Lily series at 85.
- Leopold Stokowski signed a six-year recording contract at 94.
- Pianist Arthur Rubinstein performed professionally until 90.
- Pablo Casals was playing the cello at age 95
There are reasons why John McCain isn’t the perfect candidate, but his age isn’t one of them.