Yes, Hillary is too old but it’s the brain damage that should concern you

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At National Journal Charlie Cook suggested that Hillary Clinton might be too old to run for President.

The question remains: Is Hillary Clinton really a 100 percent lock to run? I think it is a pretty good bet, maybe 70 percent chance or so; but that also means there is an approximately 30 percent chance that she doesn’t throw her hat in the ring. The current political environment certainly argues on behalf of a Clinton run, and it would be very difficult—but not impossible—for anyone to beat her for the nomination. However, these choices can never be considered 100 percent political decisions. Clinton turns 67 this October. At that age, she will likely be making her candidacy decision, and if nominated Clinton would turn 69 two weeks before the 2016 general election, notably the same age Ronald Reagan was when he was first elected in 1980. The choice to run for president is effectively a nine-year commitment: one year to run, another four years if she wins a first term—finishing up that term at age 73—and then, assuming she runs for reelection and wins, serving four more years to end a second term at 77 years of age. None of this is to say that the age issue could successfully be used against her. After all, Reagan won the presidency at the same age. But how many 67-year-olds make nine-year commitments, and what concerns have to be addressed if they do?

Without a doubt liberals will get all up in arms about this suggestion, but let’s crank up the wayback machine.

In 1984 George Ball of the NY Times claimed that Ronald Reagan was too old to run for President.

In 1980, the pundits said Ronald Reagan was too old and too physically vulnerable to be President. Four years and one assassination attempt later, George Ball again tells us that President Reagan is too old to be re- elected (Op-Ed June 24). In addition to grimly warning us of actuarial probabilities, Mr. Ball speaks of the senility and incapacity that may accompany the aging process.

Back in 2008, Anna Quindlen thought John McCain was too old:

Here’s my unscientific theory about the presidency: it ages a person in dog years. Each year in office is roughly equivalent to seven years in the life of an ordinary citizen. I base this on before-and-after photographs of the occupants of the Oval Office, who frequently look as though they’ve spent their time in captivity, being beaten with sticks. Which may help explain why 71-year-old John McCain, who actually has been beaten in captivity, may think that the fact that he would be the oldest person ever to enter the job is immaterial. In this, alas, he is mistaken.

It’s going to be entertaining watching her choke on those words.

And the ever-daft Joan Walsh proved she learns nothing from history:

While I don’t think this is true for Corn, there’s no doubt Clinton’s age will push more people’s buttons than if she were a man. Back in 2007, after Matt Drudge ran an AP photo of a tired-looking Clinton, Rush Limbaugh asked his listeners, “Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?” She had just turned 60. Expect more of the same, much more, from sexists on the right should Clinton decide to run. Democrats don’t have to support Clinton, but they might avoid sharpening the weapons right-wingers will use against her.

Jim Geraghty recently observed Hillary’s recent haggard appearance

As an aside, there’s a trove of stuff to use against Hillary here thanks to Common Dreams, not the least of which is this quote from Jane Fonda:

Jane Fonda says that Hillary is a “ventriloquist for the patriarchy with a skirt and a vagina. It may be that a feminist, progressive man would do better in the White House.”

And Anna Quindlen again:

“The truth is that Senator Clinton has a woman problem,” said Anna Quindlen, a Newsweek columnist. “The fantasy was that the first woman President would be someone who would turn the whole lousy system inside out and upside down. Instead the first significant woman contender is someone who seems to have the system down to a fine art.”

Now back to Charlie Cook for why she shouldn’t run at all:

According to The Atlantic, during her tenure as secretary of State, Clinton traveled for 401 days to 112 countries, totaling 956,733 miles, a distance equal to more than 38 times around the globe; wags have taken to calling it “odometer diplomacy.” But also worth noting is how in Secretary Clinton’s last year at her post, particularly the last few months at the State Department, the position clearly took a toll on her health; she experienced an episode of fainting or passing out, and suffered a head injury. None of this necessarily is to argue against her running, but she would be undertaking something that, as she well knows, is considerably more physically demanding even than her previous position, and at an older age. This is not necessarily an end-all-be-all argument that she should or would not run, simply that she likely would have to think long and hard as to whether she is physically up to the rigors of running and serving in office. Having run for president once before, and enduring two presidential campaigns and terms as a spouse, no one understands more clearly than Hillary does what the position demands. Do all of the people who say that she absolutely will run know and appreciate this as much as she obviously does?

Cook is not a doctor, and he sells the injury short.

Head injury? Traumatic brain injury is what Clinton suffered and a significant one at that. Puffington Host did its best to distract everyone from the severity of the injury, calling it a “mild concussion.” It’s considerably more than that. Mild concussions do not leave one with severe and lasting visual disturbances. A mild concussion is one in which there is no loss of consciousness and symptoms do not last more than 15 minutes. Clinton’s injury is far past that.

A brain injury lawyer warned against trivializing Clinton’s brain injury:

Michael V. Kaplen, a leading New York brain injury attorney and immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York, today voiced his distress of politicians and certain segments of the news media seeing to trivialize the effects of the concussion sustained by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to Kaplen, who serves as Chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and served as Chair of the American Association of Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, “All concussions are brain injuries and must be taken seriously. You can never minimize a concussion and anyone who has ever had to live with the effects of a concussion understands the seriousness of this condition and the need for rest.”

Brain Injury attorney Kaplen, a partner in the New York personal injury law firm
De Caro & Kaplen, has received numerous complaints from individuals and their families who continue to suffer the effects of concussions.

A Grade 3 concussion involves the loss of consciousness. We do not yet have all the details of the injury but were she to run for office, disclosure would be very important. First details of Clinton’s fall were minimal and dismissive. Later it was disclosed that Clinton had developed a blood clot in her brain. The clot was attributed to “dehydration” but transverse sinus thrombosis consequent to dehydration is seen more commonly in children and infants and not adults. This was added, cryptically:

A transverse sinus thrombosis is a clot arising in one of the major veins that drains the brain. It is an uncommon but serious disorder. According to Greenwald, the clot was most likely caused by dehydration brought on by the flu, perhaps exacerbated by a concussion she recently suffered.

The fall most likely caused the clot.

This was a far more serious injury than has been acknowledged thus far. Clinton also suffers from a long term visual deficit consequent to the fall. That’s why she is wearing those Fresnel-lens glasses. She has double vision.

There is still more to consider. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to early onset of dementia

Patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) had over twice the risk of developing dementia within seven years after diagnosis compared to those without TBI, in a study of more than 280,000 older veterans conducted by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

or even Alzheimer’s.

A study, performed in mice and utilizing post-mortem samples of brains from patients with Alzheimer’s disease, found that a single event of a moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can disrupt proteins that regulate an enzyme associated with Alzheimer’s. The paper, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, identifies the complex mechanisms that result in a rapid and robust post-injury elevation of the enzyme, BACE1, in the brain. These results may lead to the development of a drug treatment that targets this mechanism to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

“A moderate-to-severe TBI, or head trauma, is one of the strongest environmental risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. A serious TBI can lead to a dysfunction in the regulation of the enzyme BACE1. Elevations of this enzyme cause elevated levels of amyloid-beta, the key component of brain plaques associated with senility and Alzheimer’s disease,” said first author Kendall Walker, PhD, postdoctoral associate in the department of neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM).

Clinton’s brain injury was significant and the damage is lasting. Were she to run complete disclosure of the injury would be a absolute necessity. Personally, I don’t think the risk is worth it. She is brain damaged. Period.

DrJohn has been a health care professional for more than 30 years. In addition to clinical practice he has done extensive research and has published widely with over 70 original articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. DrJohn is well known in his field and has lectured on every continent except for Antarctica. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for over 30 years and has three kids- two sons, both of whom are attorneys and one daughter on her way into the field of education. DrJohn was brought up with the concept that one can do well if one is prepared to work hard but nothing in life is guaranteed. Except for liberals being foolish.

22 Responses to “Yes, Hillary is too old but it’s the brain damage that should concern you”

  1. 2

    westie

    Hillary was hoisted on the Left’s Petard in order to get the new Martin Looter into the WH….it’ll be delightful to use their Hill barbs against the disabled Pantsuit & Cankles candidate!

  2. 5

    Pete

    If the majority of Americans decide to vote for this corrupt, deceitful, coattail riding, misogynist-supporting, cattle future bribe taking, FBI records misappropriating, carpetbagging senator, worthless SecState, leftwing lying shrieking harridan to become president after the anti-constitutional, anti-American, marxist piece of dishonest garbage currently befouling the Oval Office, then to hell with the lot of them. It will be time to leave, to grieve for the end of what was once the greatest nation on earth. The pearls given us by the Founding Fathers will have been thrown into the muck before the vilest, most disgusting leftist swine ever known. And they will each deserve exactly what they receive for so cheaply giving away true liberty.

    Notice how the media is so focused on the Ukrainian violence, but nary a peep about the marxist government in Venezuela shooting people in the streets?

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    Pete

    @DrJohn:

    That certainly may be. I do not know the particulars of her injury. Honestly, given the timing of her injury around the first wave of Benghazi hearings, I assumed (my error) this was a typical Clinton maneuver to avoid being questioned. But your points regarding the TS thrombosis and the likely double vision status certainly seem to indicate a significant head injury. Knowing the mechanism of injury would be enlightening, though not likely forthcoming from Hillary. So I would agree based on available Info with your TBI theory.

    All I was trying to say was that regardless of whether or not Hillary had TBI, her activities throughout her adult life – on their own – should in a just world filled with common sense voters preclude her ever winning election for any office of any kind. She is dishonest, without principles, and has not accomplished anything in her career other than occupying a carpetbagged senate seat (where she managed nothing of any value) and filled a politically motivated consolation prize Sec State position for which she had absolutely no experience other than standing in White House reception lines with the philanderer-in-chief during the Clinton misadministration.

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    smfish

    As a radiologist I have read a lot of post aneurysm clippping CT scans. Many pt’s with only one side (R or L) have frontal lobe brain damage. VP Biden has had bilateral aneurysm clipping done and from what he says and does is a classical case of brain damage producing “frontal lobe release”. The frontal lobes keep us from doing or saying inappropriate things and decrease the urge to anger. No one brings up Bidens disability.

    Seems the more brain damage you have the higher in the Dem Party you go.

  5. 14

    Bobachek

    Her age is really of no importance to liberals as long as she has her own Valerie Jarrett dictating her every move…..She’s a figure head, a face piece just like Obama, nothing more…

  6. 17

    Joe Humphrey

    Ms. Klinton was brain damaged way before she took a tumble. She is undoubtedly the left’s best chance in the wake of obummer’s disaster of a second term. So look for them to prop her up much like the Weekend at Bernie’s” just to keep the socialist movement alive. Conservatives should attack on every front from brain damaged goods to poor judgment for staying with a serial womanizer and, yes, even play the age card on the old hag.

  7. 18

    Gregory_Dittman

    It might be a good idea to let a Democrat win the presidency while the Republicans spend money fight for congressional and state offices. The next election, over $1 billion will be spent to get just one job.

    Both parties are better at playing offense than defense. Even the liberal media and liberal causes have been hurt by Obama and will continue to be hurt by a Democratic president.

    To make things more interesting, we might be in an economic bubble and the Treasury has been under pressure to tapper the $85 billion in new money it has been printing each month. Every time it has said it will, stocks take a dive. Some economists have said the next president has a 60% chance of seeing a major recession while the Federal Reserve is tapped out. It’s best to have a Democrat holding that hot potato.

  8. 19

    Bill Burris

    @Gregory_Dittman: It might be a good idea for a Democrat to win, but not Hillary. Even facing the lingering effects of the current recession (much less a new meltdown) who gets blames is the least of the worries of those who have to survive it.

    If it be a Democrat, it had better be a fiscally conservative Democrat that will strive to solve economic problems rather than pursue an ideological goal while they have the power. And if it be a Republican, they had better live up to what they have been preaching.

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