After Super Tuesday, the choice for president narrowed to three well-known—and very elderly—candidates.
By time of November’s election, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will range in age from 74 to 79; whoever wins will qualify as the oldest president ever inaugurated.
The decisive advantage for Trump, Bernie and Biden involves their name recognition.
Even before he ran the first time, Trump’s decades of celebrity status gave him decisive advantages since most citizens pay scant attention to politics, and instinctively prefer a familiar figure to names you don’t recognize. That’s particularly true at a time when most voters perceive the country’s doing well, or at least holding its own.
In that context, familiarity reliably trumps advanced age.Read More »