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The current crop of Democratic challengers tend to be pretty old people. Somehow they’ve even managed to beat Donald Trump in that regard, even though he’s no spring chicken himself. There’s a reason for that, but we’re not starting there. We’re starting back in the old Soviet Union, and not even as a Bernie Sanders joke. Let’s go down a quick list, shall we, of the various Soviets post Lenin.
- Joseph Stalin: Born 1878, died 1953, 75 years old*. 28 years in office.
- Nikita Khrushchev: Born 1894, died 1971, 77 years old. 11 years in office.
- Leonid Brezhnev: Born 1906, died 1982, 76 years old. 18 years in office.
- Yuri Andropov: Born 1914, died 1984, 70 years old. 2 years in office.
- Konstantin Chernenko: Born 1911, died 1985, 74 years old. 1 year in office.
- Gorbachev: Born 1931, still alive according to Wikipedia.
After ol’ Joe kicked the bucket (Thanks @amyschley!) you get a series of four commies with similar birth years (17 years difference between Khrushchev and Andropov). They collectively ran the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1985, a period of 32 years. Lenin and Stalin were born in the 1870s, these guys were born about 30 years after that**, then Gorbachev and Yeltsin were born in the 1930s. These Soviet leaders were all selected from the same age cohort until they got so decrepit that they were dying off after a few months in office.More