“No matter how cynical you get, it’s impossible to keep up.” That Lily Tomlin gem is a useful guide for analyzing politics in an era marked by heated polarization and growing violence.
Most days it seems the whole country is on fire with demands for dramatic changes in government and society.
Yet Democrats are led by octogenarians or those who, like Joe Biden, soon will be.
Top Republicans are aged, too, and the party is split into factions for and against Donald Trump, who is not exactly a spring chicken.
This combination of public impatience and the advanced age of leaders of both parties would seem to set the stage for sweeping generational change. But what if cynicism is a safer bet and that, despite the clamor for fresh faces, the 2024 presidential race will be a rematch between Biden and Trump?