‘The Oldest and Wisest,’ &c.

Ronald Reagan greets supporters in Columbia, S.C., during his 1980 presidential campaign (Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library)
On the age factor in presidential campaigns; Alexander Vindman; Jeffrey Epstein; fear on campus; and more

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘D espite risks, Trump invests big in attacks on Biden’s age,” reads a headline from the Associated Press. The article says that, “in a kitchen-sink offensive backed by a mountain of campaign cash, the 74-year-old Trump has so far invested in one line of attack above all: the charge that his 77-year-old opponent is too old and mentally weak to be an effective president.”

If I were Team Trump, I would not argue from mental fitness. I would find other avenues of attack. But campaigning can be a mysterious science, or art.

Adenauer, they called “Der Alte” (The Oldster). I also remember “the

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