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NYTs columnist questions Biden’s mental status and says he shouldn’t run

Bret Stephens is an anti-Trump conservative. He wonders why President Biden’s current and future mental status is the big elephant in the room nobody wants to acknowledge.

From his column today in the New York Times:

In the 1980s, it was fair game for reputable reporters to ask whether Ronald Reagan was too old for the presidency, at a time when he was several years younger than Biden is today. Donald Trump’s apparent difficulty holding a glass and his constricted vocabulary repeatedly prompted unflattering speculation about his health, mental and otherwise. And Joe Biden’s memory lapses were a source of mirth among his Democratic primary rivals, at least until he won the nomination.

Yet it’s now considered horrible manners to raise concerns about Biden’s age and health. As if doing so can only play into Trump’s hands. As if the president’s well-being is nobody’s business but his own. As if it doesn’t much matter whether he has the fortitude for the world’s most important job, so long as his aides can adroitly fill the gaps. As if accusations of ageism and a giant shushing sound from media elites can keep the issue off the public mind.

It won’t do. From some of his public appearances, Biden seems … uneven. Often cogent, but sometimes alarmingly incoherent. What’s the reason? I have no idea. Do his appearances (including the good ones) inspire strong confidence that the president can go the distance in his current term, to say nothing of the next? No.

3 thoughts on “NYTs columnist questions Biden’s mental status and says he shouldn’t run”

  1. “Bret Stephens is an anti-Trump conservative.”

    Stephens said in a September 8th piece, in reference to Trump: “We are a country that could not keep a demagogue from the White House.”

    “Conservatives” like him supported Biden — they asked for this and it’s their fault we’re in this mess.

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