Political observers have questioned whether Americans are "ready" to elect a woman or an African-American to the presidency. A more pertinent question, actually, is whether Americans are ready to elect a grouchy old white guy. According to a Gallup poll, 5 percent of Americans would never vote for an African-American, while 11 percent claim they would never vote for a woman. Republican candidate John McCain is hamstrung by a more worrisome factor. He will be 72 by the time the November election rolls around. In the same Gallup poll, 42 percent claim they would not vote for a 72-year-old. Another survey found that 56 percent of Americans believe the nation would not accept an "elderly" president. The only groups consistently polling beneath old folks are gay Americans and atheists.
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