An article appearing in the New York Times over the weekend shed light on the Republican efforts to portray presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton as “old news.” Case in point:
At a conservative conference earlier in the year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, ridiculed the 2016 Democratic field as “a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls,’ ”
It is worth noting that while Clinton is 65 years old, Reagan was close to 70 when he was first sworn in. And had John McCain been elected in 2008 he would have been 72. McConnell himself is 71 years old. But who’s counting?
But why has the party that earlier this year proclaimed “the first step in getting voters to like you is to demonstrate that you like them” had a change of heart? On Monday, conservative commentator Brit Hume, expressed what would appear to be a growing sentiment in the Republican party, namely that the need to reach out beyond the party’s traditional white, male base has been exaggerated. In particular, Hume addressed the question of whether the GOP even needs to “get right with the Hispanics”: