Just Say What You Mean, John Ratcliffe: Ralph Hall Is Too Old to Be in Congress

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John Ratcliffe: Way less likely to keel over on the House floor.
Last weekend, John Ratcliffe kicked off his final campaign push by running -- and successfully completing! -- a 5K fun run in Rockwall. It was a strategic move, a chance to mingle with potential Republican primary voters while simultaneously reminding everyone that he, unlike incumbent U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, isn't 90 goddamned years old.

It was a subtle dig, but it was definitely a dig, a reminder that no matter how many times Hall claims to run two miles every day, no one can seriously believe him absent video evidence prominently featuring a dated newspaper.

Same with this campaign ad that Ratliffe released a couple of days earlier:

See also: Rockwall's Ralph Hall, the Oldest-Ever Member of Congress, Says Next Term Will Be His Last

"John Ratcliffe has the energy, the passion, the fight to stand up to Obama's liberal agenda every day," a voiceover says, talking of a new generation facing new challenges as a new day dawns.

Now that Ratcliffe has managed to force Hall in a runoff, Ratcliffe will have to find new ways to subtly imply that Hall is too old to continue serving his country. Challenging Hall to five debates in 30 days, as Ratcliffe did today, is a good start, and has the added bonus of potentially killing the dude.

But he'll need more.

"John Ratcliffe knows how to keep spending under control," the voiceover on his next ad could start, "and know how to keep his bladder under control too."

"John Ratcliffe knows where his remote control is. Does Ralph Hall?"

"John Ratcliffe: He won't be dead soon."

Real sly messaging like that, you know?

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22 comments
darlenereed
darlenereed

Ralph Hall is a statesman and he is not insulated in DC. He is in the district almost every weekend and visits with his constituency non stop. Has it occurred to you that his seniority is priceless. He is the most respected member of congress because he votes for us and our grandchildren not for a lobby. He still has a job to do and he works tirelessly for us.

His staff is likewise seasoned and knows the ropes. While I am in favor of term limits, until that happens, seniority is capital.

PS. I live near the congressman and he does run!!!

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

So, most of you tumbled to the real enemy of our syste. Incumbency. Ie, the differences between the parties are so small, but they polarize the voters enough that they buy in to false dichotomy, and waste their efforts on puerile and futile feuds.

The solution? Toss em out every chance. From dog catcher to Prez.

Remember, politicians and diapers need to be changed often. For the same reason.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Way off subject...could someone tell me why 911 handles non emergency calls (stolen bike).

What happened to the non emergency number?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Well will old age and treachery overcome youth and good looks ?


RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Age-ism at it's finest, the Observer and Eric should be proud.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Or, John ratcliffe, his family is not afraid to ride with him driving.

ruddski
ruddski

Jeez, dude is almost as old as Schutze.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Wait, there are primary runoffs? Nooooo, I'm so tired of political commercials.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Has he jumped out of a plane?

hotdogthatshit
hotdogthatshit

@Sharon_Moreanus Yeah this confused the hell out of me when I was told I should call 911 when my parked car was hit by a guy who then drove off.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Dallas eliminated the non emergency number some years back. The number is still there but it's routed to 911. No idea why.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@RTGolden1  
Somebody needs to call out this extreme example of inexorable incumbent entitledness. Granted that the best term limits are at the ballot box every two years, incumbency gives an unfair edge. And yeah, 90 is too old to be helping steer the country,especially after decades insulated behind the D.C. Green Zone walls.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@wcvemail @RTGolden1I was more referring to the end of the article, where Eric sees fit to ridicule the elderly for loss of bladder control, dementia/alzheimer's, and the approach of death.  I have to wonder, if this article had been about a democrat in office, appearing on a right-wing blog, if liberals would be so quick to join in the ridicule?
Attack the man's politics or his archaic outlook on society, not his age.  I'd like to see Eric stand in front of Doug Eidd and make jokes about bladder control, except I surmise Eric would lose control of his own bladder in the presence of the man.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@RTGolden1 @wcvemail  Regarding Dingell, good point. I'm not aware of any up-and-comer challenging that family, certainly not mentioning age, so that's probably due to the Detroit machine cohesiveness as well as the Dingell dynasty.

At least Hall isn't passing the mantle to offspring. I think both parties are increasingly guilty of that (bearing in mind the early Adams and the extended Roosevelts.) Kennedys, Cuomos, Bushes (George P. was hastily commissioned an officer in "U.S. Naval Intelligence," which bobs this sailor's boat), the Tennessee Fords, ... political office is NOT a hereditary title, and neither should incumbency be a guarantor of re-election.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@wcvemail @RTGolden1As a side note, since you brought up term limits, Hall has only been in his seat for 33 years.  10 democrats and 4 republicans have been in their seats longer.

I think it's time to institute term limits as law, obviously the voters aren't getting the picture.  I say 10 years, tops, total federal legislative office time, with a following 10 year ban on any employment that lobbies or influences Washington.  Perhaps Ralph could get a job as a skydiving instructor?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@wcvemail @RTGolden1I agree with you, but.......where was the Democrat's insistence that Dingell, at 87-years old the longest serving lawmaker in US history, be pushed aside for incontinence and senility?  Side note, between Dingell and his father, that seat (a GM mouthpiece in the HoR) has been in Dingell hands since 1933. 

By the way, I'm not saying Dingell should have been pushed out of office.  I admire that he chose to retire for "not being up to my own high standard of office...".

wcvemail
wcvemail

@RTGolden1 @wcvemail  
1/2 point taken, but (a) this is a snark zone; and (b) 90 and isolated from the reality of his constituents for decades is too old to cogently shape the country. And (c) you don't actually HAVE to wonder, do you? Consider the fallout from GWB's porkskin-choking incident, or Bush 41's Tokyo toss-up. There was liberal snark more abundant than Bush 41's excreta.

Now don't put me in the ardent-Repub-defender box, I'm fairly evenly disgusted by our ruling class, no matter the initial after the name. 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Apology accepted... but that's one too. John ratcliffe, knows how to cancel a turn signal.

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