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Connor Simpson
June 30, 2013

It’s no secret Republicans are worried about Hillary Clinton earning the 2016 Democratic nomination and steamrolling the fresh-faced crop of candidates they have lined up, so it’s no surprise that Republicans are already reminding everyone that she is, in fact, quite old. Yes, that’s the latest Republican strategy against Hillary Clinton’s oft-theorized Presidential run.

“The 2016 election may be far off, but one theme is becoming clear: Republican strategists and presidential hopefuls, in ways subtle and overt, are eager to focus a spotlight on Mrs. Clinton’s age,” writes The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin. Everyone from Mitch McConnell to Scott Walker to Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s old lieutenant, have gone out of their way to remind crowds recently that Clinton is 65 years old right now. By the time 2016 rolls around, she’ll be 70 years old. That’s so many years old. And when you compare Clinton’s age to the relatively ripe crop of stars expected to contend for the Republican nomination — Bobby Jindal (42); Marco Rubio (42); Walker (45); Rand Paul (50); Chris Christie (50) — well, the Republicans kind of have a point.

It’s not the first time Clinton has faced an attack over her age, either. She’s been called wrinkly and dowdy by the Republican press in the past. Her pantsuits — those precious pantsuits! — have been the target of Republican criticisms before. They’ve drawn attention to Clinton’s wrinkles and crevices, her needing a rest, while she was flying across the world, leaning in and having it all as Secretary of State.

Now you’re probably thinking, this is all a little rich, no? It was only last year that Barack Obama, 51 years young, soundly defeated the card carrying senior citizen Mitt Romney. Four years before, it was hope-y, change-y 46-year-old Obama who took out the balding, white-haired John McCain.

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