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Look to Agnew for insight to Trump

Look to Agnew for insight to Trump

We have been researching a book on Richard Nixon's all but forgotten running mate Spiro Agnew, the one-time Maryland governor and Baltimore County executive, who slunk off to obscurity after pleading "no contest" to tax evasion and resigned the vice presidency in 1973. Donald Trump's victory suddenly changed a portion of our thesis. The 2016 election is not the end of Agnew's story — it may instead be its apotheosis. And as Mr. Trump organizes his administration, continues to dress down the media, angrily tweets at Broadway and eschews intellectuals, the lessons of Agnew's own experience a heartbeat away from the presidency loom large.

Agnew, like Mr. Trump,...