In the David Broder column, A Study in Comity
, that praises the members of the Iraq Study Group (and a column that Matthew Yglesias called
a "hilarous David Broder parody") we read:
Leon Panetta, a former Democratic congressman and Clinton White House chief of staff, said the high average age of the 10 commission members contributed to its success. "This is a different generation of policymakers," said Panetta, who at 68 was one of the youngest members.
Which is a sentiment that Broder clearly agrees with. But, you might ask, exactly what is the average age? Here are the numbers:
|Iraq Study Group members ||born ||age as of 7 December 2006 |
|James A. Baker, III Co-Chair ||April 28, 1930 ||76 |
|Lee H. Hamilton Co-Chair ||April 20, 1931 ||75 |
|Lawrence S Eagleburger ||August 1, 1930 ||76 |
|Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ||August 15, 1935 ||71 |
|Edwin Meese III ||December 2, 1931 ||75 |
|Sandra Day OConnor ||March 26, 1930 ||76 |
|Leon E. Panetta ||June 28, 1938 ||68 |
|William J. Perry ||October 11, 1927 ||79 |
|Charles S. Robb ||June 26, 1939 ||67 |
|Alan K. Simpson ||September 2, 1931 ||75 |
| || ||average = 73.8 |
In case you are wondering, David Broder
was born on September 11, 1929, which makes him 77. Part of the same crowd, you might say.
ADDENDUM: Broder born on 9/11? Who knew?