At the age of 95, former Democratic president Jimmy Carter doesn’t have a whole lot to do with active politics anymore. However, this week he did give an annual address at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where he spoke of the current presidential race and the upcoming election. And what he said doesn’t bode well for two of the top candidates.
During his speech, he was asked by a member of the audience if he would ever consider running for office the Office again. His answer was an obvious no. He said, “I hope there’s an age limit.”
And he continued by saying, “If I were just 80 years old, if I were 15 years younger, I don’t believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president.”
While the news of Carter not running again is good news, it suggests that two of the nation’s top contenders for the White House may not be able to handle the job or the tasks that it requires.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is currently 76. And at two years older, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is 78. Both, if elected, would turn 80 during their first term.
Already, in light of the many blunders and errors, Biden has made in his campaign, there are questions about the mental abilities of the man. Many blame his age, in particular. When the race first began, he was the top contender for the Democratic nomination, and it seems no one could take it from him.
This partly because he is the least radical of the crowded field and, therefore, appeals to the average American worker a little more. However, in light of some of his mistakes, especially those that have caused controversy, he is beginning to lose some ground.
Average polling data from RealClearPolitics proves this and shows that quite a few of his supporters have turned to Harris and Warren due to his recent ineptness.
As for Sanders, his problem is more that Elizabeth Warren is catching up with him in the polls and has an excellent chance of overtaking him. You will note that as Biden loses voters, those people are not turning to Sanders, but a younger possibility.
And even if we haven’t seen evidence of Sander’s age influencing him, most believe it is only a matter of time. Biden, after all, is younger and already showing signs of incompetence.
According to Carter, “You have to be able to go from one subject to another and concentrate on each one adequately and then put them together in a comprehensive way like I did between Begin and Sadat with the peace agreement.”
It’s hard to imagine Biden being able to do this well at this point. As for Sanders, the question is when will he begin to show the same signs? If it is anytime within the next four years, it could spell disaster for our nation.
However, overall, this is excellent news.
Carter could have possibly just severely hindered both Biden and Sanders’ campaigns, not to say that they weren’t already struggling. Biden was in the best position to beat Trump in 2020 due to his more middle of the road stance on many issues. But now that looks doubtful.
And while his former supporters are beginning to give their vote to more radical candidates, it is unlikely that they will win it either. They may be able to get plenty of extreme leftists votes, but everyday Americans may be harder to win over.
Voters, overall, are still very hesitant to support many of the ideals that the far left is promoting. Single-payer healthcare, a government that controls it all, open borders, and more benefits for illegals are hard pills to swallow for the average American worker. Add that to all the recent bashing of Christianity, white privilege, and independence, all traditional values for the average American, and it will be tough to prove that these ideologues aren’t looking to ruin this country.
Jimmy Carter may not be one of our favorite presidents, but finally, he has made the right call.