Our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, provided in our Constitution that a male citizen could not be president unless he was at least 35 years of age. It took a while before women or men of color could qualify, but I say better really late than never.

That choice of 35 years actually seems a bit on the young side since the average life span for a white male was 38 in 1787, but sociology had not been invented and rich white men lived considerably longer. I suppose a 35-year-old has a little life experience that might better equip him to fill such a big job. This minimum age does preclude Justin Bieber, Khloe Kardashian, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from running, and for that we can be thankful.

At the other end of the age continuum, it seems that many feel you should not be president if you are too old. Old Joe Biden gets hit hard on this issue because he will be 77 on Election Day. Never mind that President Trump will be 74, Bernie Sanders will be 79, and the spring chicken, Elizabeth Warren, will be 71. As a self-loathing senior, I think they are all too old, but singling out Old Joe seems a bit unfair even it seems he’s been around forever.

Like the arcade game Whack-A-Mole, Democrat candidates just keep popping up. Like fish in an aquarium, it is hard to keep count. For now there at least 20, including all the Democratic women in the U.S. Senate. 

I have some favorites.

There was a West Virginia state senator who declared in November last year but quit the race in January this year. I can only assume he sobered up, and hopefully won his bet.

Ms. Marianne Williamson has tossed her bonnet in the ring. She is Oprah’s “spiritual friend and counselor.” She hopes to improve on a fourth-place finish in her 2014 primary race for a House seat in California.

I kind of like Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend. He seems smart, authentic and a decent person. My older cousin Ron, who lives in Indiana, vouches for him.

When I was in high school, I wanted to be president; in college, a senator; in law school, a representative. When I was 37, I was elected to the District 97 school board and served a four-year sentence with no time off for good behavior. My epitaph should read “Ambition Diminished.” I am very wary of the preening egoism of most of these candidates. Their spiel seems merely strategic and is designed to get their sliver of votes in Iowa and New Hampshire. Their vision is next spring. We saw this kind of clustercluck on the Republican side just a couple of years ago.

What could possible go wrong in the mud-slinging, attention-grabbing, back-stabbing ego fest we are about to witness?


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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...