Clyburn is 80, Pelosi is 81, Hoyer is 81, Feinstein is 87, Leahy is 81, Biden is 78, Sanders is 79. The luminaries of the Democratic Party are so old they're not even boomers. Feinstein is clearly senile. But they intend to die in office, with the country.…
They should let wolves return to Congress, to more naturally thin the herd. Major Biden can handle the White House
Meanwhile in the Supreme Court, Stephen Breyer is 82, but with luck and good health can survive for another two years until Republicans retake the Senate.
The Soviet politburo used to be a byword for gerontocracy. But Brezhnev died at 75, Andropov at 69, and Chernenko at 72. By Democratic Party standards, these were young and untested whippersnappers.

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