The 111th Congress, when it convenes on January 6th, will be the oldest in our nation's history. Each of the last five Congresses has, successively, set a new record as the oldest our country has ever seen.
Given McCain's age, medical history, and the possibility of a debilitating episode that would leave him unable to fulfill the duties of the office, the chance of a Palin presidency is about one in four.
The Republican National Convention looks and feels completely different from last week's Democratic one. The crowd expresses not hope but simmering anger, and the delegates come across as old and outdated.
Doctors can alleviate any concerns about McCain's health. But Americans can rightly wonder whether he truly understands the faltering economy that he will have to steer back to health if he becomes president.
McCain can't blame his campaign-trail Iraq war gaffes on a deteriorating mind. Which means that instead he's simply misinformed and does not understand the war we're waging or whom we're waging it against.