In part to combat this image of old versus young, McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska), 44, as his vice presidential candidate. A shrewd move. However, the fact remains that, also last Friday, he turned 72, and would be the oldest man ever elected to the presidency.
There has been some mention of a one term pledge and discussion as to whether or not McCain should agree to it despite his recent denials that he will.
I think he should.
Of course making yourself a lame-duck from before you step into office is a dangerous and risky move. However, McCain is a unique man and candidate for president and I believe the move could just as easily pay off for him.
The largest fear is that setting a timeline for his departure will allow a Democratic Congress to wait out his time in office and refuse to cooperate with him. However, Congress currently has a lower approval rating than President Bush. I seriously doubt that the American people could stand four years of Congress sitting on their hands. Additionally, McCain is well known for his ability to work in bi-partisan environments. Chances are he could compromise enough to get things done without giving up his conservative principles and plans.