• Oldies But…Goodies?

    Join former United States Senate Pages Dylan and Ethan Ris as they bring you the dish on not just the presidential race but all the exciting triumphs and disgraces inside, outside, and below the Beltway!

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    Old Dogs, New Tricks! Last week the Pages profiled some of the youngest candidates running for Congress in 2008. Today we're reporting on the House's current elder statesmen — the men whose spittoons those youngsters would need to empty as Congressional Freshmen. Now we all know age is the new race, but don't bust out the "geezers only" drinking fountains just yet! These geriatrics are legends of the House of Representatives:

    Name Claim to Fame 2008 Election Prospects

    Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), 85 years old
    Said of George W. Bush: "We have a good president. I pray for him. Sometimes I'd like to pull down his britches and switch him, but I still love him." In 2004, Hall switched to the GOP from the Democrats– his party since his earlier defection from the Whigs. All his bases are covered.

    Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH), 83 years old.
    Single-handedly responsible for ensuring that Mt. McKinley remains named after one of our worst presidents, and is never officially recognized by its actual name, Denali. Regula recently announced that he would retire from Congress this year, citing his desire to spend more time with his children before they die of old age.

    Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), 82 years old.
    Was a guest of honor at a bizarre coronation ceremony for The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who was crowned as "humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent," while Bartlett watched. Bartlett has outfundraised his opponent, Jennifer Dougherty, 15 to one. If he can restrain himself from spending it all on Vicks Vapo-Rub, he should coast to victory.

    Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), 82 years old.
    Reigning Congressional poetry slam champion. Valiantly napped through George W. Bush's State of the Union speech, winning him points with his liberal Michigan constituency. He's a shoo-in for his 28th term, which will set a House record.

    Doris "Granny D" Haddock, 98 years old
    Although not technically in Congress, Granny D ran against Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) in the 2004 election, winning 34% of the vote in the general election. Granny D is not on the ballot in 2008, but she has begun walking to Washington just in case she wins as a write-in.

    (Note: Compared to Robert Byrd and Ted Stevens, this crowd is middle-aged. Check back later for the Senate edition!)


    Tags: Congressional Confidential, John Dingell, Ralph Hall

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