Is McCain too old? UPDATED!

Anna Quindlen's latest column in Newsweek asks whether John McCain is too old to be president. If elected, McCain would be 72 by the time he took office, making him two years older than Ronald Reagan was when he began his first term. While Quindlen is by no means the first to raise the issue--McCain famously smacked down a kid who inquired about it with the retort, "Thanks for the question, you little jerk."--the lede of her column makes a nice point about the toll the office of president takes on even the young and healthy:

Here's my unscientific theory about the presidency: it ages a person in dog years. Each year in office is roughly equivalent to seven years in the life of an ordinary citizen. I base this on before-and-after photographs of the occupants of the Oval Office, who frequently look as though they've spent their time in captivity, being beaten with sticks.

That brought to mind this truly horrifying YouTube clip, which may provide a preview of what President McCain will look like in Year 4:

UPDATE: Now comes word, via the Washington Post, that in order to get a much-needed loan, McCain had to take out a special life insurance policy in case he kicked the bucket before getting elected.

By last November, John McCain's presidential campaign was broke. To survive, he offered his fundraising lists as collateral for a $3 million line of credit from a local bank. But obtaining the loan required an unusual extra step: He had to take out a special life insurance policy in case he did not survive the campaign.

So what's our insurance policy if McCain dies after inaugeration? This might be the most important vice-presidential selection in history.

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