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Thad Cochran is 76 years old

Regardless of what happens tonight in the Mississippi Senate race, I'm really struck by the basic fact of Thad Cochran's age. The guy will turn 77 in December and he's running for a new six-year term. He's hardly alone in trying to hang on to a Senate seat deep into old age, but it strikes me as an unwise behavior.

But beyond unwise, I'm just surprised that politicians in their late-seventies find reelection appealing.

Charlie Rangel is even older. These veteran members of congress get nice pensions and health care benefits.