Missing the Man in the Middle

One reason that so-called gotcha journalism--campaign coverage dominated by attempts to reveal youthful misbehavior--seems to have arrived so abruptly is that Fifties Guys were skipped when the presidency passed from World War II Guys to Boomers. Two or three presidential elections with Fifties Guys as candidates would have provided a soothing way of putting off such harsh subjects as coke snorting and draft dodging until we'd had time to gain the perspective that comes with a little distance--soothing because Fifties Guys tend not to have engaged in any youthful misbehavior interesting enough for anyone to bother revealing.

Fifties Guys are people...

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