NO GEEZERS ALLOWED
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney turns 65 on Monday. Frequently attired in jeans and shirtsleeves, Mr. Romney is not embracing geezerhood, though he has 16 grandchildren. Rep. Ron Paul, meanwhile, is 76 and has 18 grandchildren plus four great-grandchildren. He, too, rejects geezer anything, and would rather be pedaling a Cannondale bike, with the wheezing press in his dust. Rick Santorum, 53, has no grandchildren, and a 3-year-old. Enough said. Newt Gingrich, 68, has two grandchildren, but cultivates the dynamic statesman look with perfectly tailored suits.
“Of course these guys are emphasizing their vitality. Duh. Their chief rival is only 50. But as every marketer will now tell you, 70 is the new 50, which makes Romney only 45,” observes one GOP strategist. department.
“Individual radio listeners may complain to the FCC that Limbaugh’s radio station (and those syndicating his show) are not acting in the public interest or serving their respective communities of license by permitting such dehumanizing speech.” Suarez of PBS and Ralph Z. Hallow of The Times. The intimate audience would only number 120. The candidates have been asked to avoid potshots and concentrate on in-depth discussion.
Is the debate a go? Organizers, who have yet to reveal if the four GOP hopefuls have accepted their invitations, are cautiously optimistic.
A $100,000 bronze statue of Frederick Douglass has been barred from the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol because it was presented as a gift from the District and not from a state.