CNN is reporting that Ted Kennedy had a seizure at the luncheon, and Dana Bash is reporting that Robert Byrd had a “health issue” as well. Of course we hope everything is ok, but we really need to start thinking long and hard about some practical matters when it comes to age and public service. There is nothing you can say that will convince me that Strom Thurmond was with it in his waning years, and I suspect the same is true of Byrd. Due to Kennedy’s type of illness, he probably does not need to be lumped in with the other two, but the point still stands. Do we need an age requirement at the upper end?
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For those of you wondering why you were having a hard time watching the inauguration online, this email from CNN is a hint why:
Although, this is preliminary data and it may very well be higher – according to early data, as of 1p ET today, CNN.com Live served more than 18.8 million live video streams globally since 6a, shattering its all time total daily streaming record set on Election Day with 5.3 million live streams. (Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst, global). Additionally, CNN.com Live served 1.3 million concurrent live streams during its peak, which occurred immediately prior to President Obama’s inaugural address. (Source: Internal CDN monitoring data).