r/TooAfraidToAsk Jun 16 '22

Why is the narrative of the coming election focused on age instead of policy? Meta

Is the age of a candidate more important than their policies? Bernie Sanders is old as the hills but his policies are more progressive than any politician I've seen in my lifetime. Is age just a distraction?

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u/LoneKharnivore Jun 16 '22

You know we're not all American right?

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u/HoagieStomp Jun 16 '22

For sure. I'm Canadian myself. American politics have a pretty big impact here, and generally it's what I see here. Sorry. Obviously people the world over use the internet. Should've tagged "United States".

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u/[deleted] Jun 16 '22

There are two concerns. One is that an older person may be out of touch with younger constituents. The other is that people experience cognitive decline as they age, which could affect their decision making. Or they could die and leave a VP who isn't as well liked in charge.

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u/HoagieStomp Jun 16 '22

Hasn't that always been a thing though? Regardless of age. A president only serves for a brief time.

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u/[deleted] Jun 16 '22

This isn't a new concern. I personally remember people worrying about John McCain's age in 2008 and Bob Dole's in 1996. After Ronald Reagan left office, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and avoiding to some reports he may have shown symptoms during his 8 year term.

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u/A-Blind-Seer Jun 16 '22

8 years of Reagan....yes, I'm still bitter

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u/ChemicalBuildings Jun 16 '22

We still have 2 more years before that happens. The political climate will be different then.

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u/Nightgasm Jun 16 '22

It's the fear that an older politician is suffering from cognitive decline. I've always liked Biden but he does seem to be suffering from such. I hope he doesn't run again in 2024 because this isn't something that gets better and it will be used against him.

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u/Arianity Jun 16 '22

Is the age of a candidate more important than their policies

I don't know if I would say it's more important, but it is a factor. You don't want to have to worry that the candidate is going to drop dead, or get incapacitated, or is just less flexible/nimble over all.

I like Bernie, but i would prefer a younger more nimble Bernie if you gave me the option. As much as I agree with him on a policy level, I do think his age has some effect on what he can do.

And that's not even getting into how they're intertwined. A lot of older more moderate politicians are tied to the fact that their political views were shaped in a very different climate

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u/A-Blind-Seer Jun 16 '22

It's just one of contention in the bigger picture. We could use gun control as part of the narrative, which it largely is and is widely used

We could use inflation. Again, a large part of the narrative

Age is just one focus and angle of attack

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u/Detective-Signal Jun 16 '22

Age is a factor for some politicians. People like Bernie Sanders have kept their ear to the ground and understand what the average American is dealing with. People like Donald Trump have never cared and will never care about what the average American is dealing with.

Either way, I do think age matters. I mean, you can't really carve out an exception even for people like Bernie. We should NOT have 80 year olds running this country. They do not know what it's like to live in this country today.

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u/jdford85 Jun 16 '22

It's easy to admit he is old and it's obvious. But the people that have buyers remorse are having a hard time admitting they picked the wrong person.