Grassley among ‘elderly power hogs’ in Washington

Will Rogers said, “ I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” Me quoque.

Democrats have been kind of low-hanging fruit lately, so I think I’ll pick on a Republican this time. A little gene graft, so to speak.

My ire this month is directed toward Sen. Chuck Grassley, current president pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate. Sen. Grassley just announced that he intends to run for his eighth six-year term next year at the age of 89. In the words of our 43% beloved president: “ Aw ... c’mon man.”

If Mr. Grassley wins, which is likely, and, you know, lives, he’ll be 95 at the end of his term (assuming he isn’t reelected to age 101).

Surely, there must be some punk-butt whelp, tadpole in their 40s or 50s that Iowa Republicans could run instead of Sen. Grassley. Even a “tweenie ” in their 60s would be an improvement. How hard can it be to promise outrageous agricultural subsidies?

Sen. Grassley joins a long list of elderly power hogs like President Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Bernie Sanders, Steny Hoyer, Ben Cardin, etc., who have been in Washington for 50 or more years screwing things up. Sweet lordy, they were born before Barack Obama’s mother (Cardin is a few months younger than Mrs. Obama).

These ancients’ unseemly grip on power and privilege would perhaps be somewhat tolerable if they had collectively done a good job over the past half-century. But they all own a big chunk of America’s decline over that period. They should all cede their authorities to much younger people, who would be hard pressed to do a lousier job and who, at least, would have to live with the consequences of their governance.

So, Sen. Grassley, thank you for your service. Go away.

Jon Ketzner


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