Dick ’n’ Ted, &c.

President Richard Nixon (right) and Vice President Spiro “Ted” Agnew (left) at the 1972 Republican National Convention, August 23, 1972 (Richard Nixon Presidential Library / National Archives)
On Nixon, Agnew, Palin, ‘Karens,’ Trump, mask-wearing, an early hoopster, and more

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen it comes to vice-presidential selection, I always think of Nixon. Now, you may say he didn’t mean it, but he had a formula for vice-presidential selection that I think is very sound.

You have to ask, first and foremost, Would the person make a good president? Second: Would he make a good vice president? Third: Would he make a good candidate? A good campaigner, a good running mate?

In 1960, Nixon ran with Henry Cabot Lodge — the son of Massachusetts who had been a U.S. House member, a U.S. senator, and our ambassador to the U.N. Later, he would be


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