Is Joe Biden the Konrad Adenauer of the U.S.?

Historical analogies are a tricky thing, apt to give one an unwarranted confidence in one’s ability to foretell the future. I’m not the only commentator to have wondered, for example, whether Sen. Bernie Sanders’ loss in 2016 was a repetition of Ronald Reagan’s loss to President Ford in 1976, presaging a new left-wing majority after the predictable failure of the Trump administration, a comparison that reached peak plausibility right before the South Carolina primary this year heralded its rapid disintegration.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the candidate who marched from victory to victory thereafter, and who is now both the Democrats’ standard-bearer and the


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