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Joe Biden Is Old
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Joe Biden Is Old

Most of the discourse around this issue is dumb and infuriating—here's a healthier, more substantive way to look at it.
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This week on Politix, Matt and Brian discuss:

  • The Robert Hur report, and the fire storm the special counsel ignited with his rule-breaking, partisan attack on Biden;

  • How Biden could in theory alleviate concerns that he’s too old to be both president and candidate simultaneously—and why his advisers haven’t really tried;

  • The extent to which Biden’s age really is limiting his ability to throw his weight around in the partisan mosh pit, even if it isn’t limiting his ability to govern at all;

  • Whether polls on this question, and on the question of how well alternate candidates would fare, are useful at all;

  • The Kamala Harris factor—is her consistently weak polling against Trump freezing a dysfunctional situation in place?

  • How Biden’s politics of restoring norms and magnanimity has compounded (and in the case of the Hur appointment, created) his old-man woes.

Since this is a news-pegged episode about a consequential and unexpected development in the campaign, we’ve made it free to all subscribers.

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