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Biden Isn’t the Only Washington Politician Who’s Too Old

Senate Democrats, led by Mark Warner of Virginia, tried to organize a meeting to discuss Biden’s infirmity on Monday night, but quickly canceled it after word leaked.

No Democratic senator is openly calling on Biden to drop out of the race because of his age.

One reason is that we have some ancient Senators roaming the halls of the Capital, who are well past their prime. The average age of Senators is now 65, up from 62 years as recently as 2017. In other words, half are beyond normal retirement age.

Senators are used to seeing colleagues linger too long on the political stage – most recently the late Dianne Feinstein of California.

The Senate is starting to resemble an assisted living center.

Mike Kim, the owner of Grubb’s Pharmacy in Washington, told STAT News in 2017 that he routinely ships medication for Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia to members on Capitol Hill through a contract he has with the Office of The Attending Physician of Congress.

“It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday,'” Kim said.

So if Joe has to go because of his failing mental health, Senators should line up for the cognitive test.

We have long advocated term limits and an age ceiling of 75 for candidates for Congress and the Supreme Court (for all new appointments).

It turns out the voters agree with us. Two-thirds of U.S. adults back an age ceiling on candidates for president and Congress and a mandatory retirement age for the Supreme Court.

The combination of term limits and age limits would make for a better Congress and Supreme Court. The founders should have put this in the Constitution – and now is the time to fix one of their few mistakes.

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