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Friday, September 24, 2004
The Ghost of Campaigns Past
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:42 am

The NYT takes an extensive look at Kerry’s 1972 run for Congress, its parallels with the current run, and what lessons loss may have taught the candidate, here: John Kerry’s Journey: Echoes of a 1972 Loss Haunt a 2004 Campaign

It was the campaign that seemed to have everything. A rented mainframe computer and a sophisticated telephone voter list when typewriters and index cards were still common. A legion of eager volunteers, including a bike-riding boarding school student named Caroline Kennedy. Plenty of cash, celebrity supporters and a compelling first-time candidate: John Kerry.

But in the end, the 1972 Democratic campaign for Congress in the Fifth District of Massachusetts, stretching from the gritty old mill towns of Lawrence and Lowell to the upscale suburbs of Lexington and Concord, lacked one big thing: voters. Mr. Kerry lost to his Republican opponent in a district George McGovern carried, after a bitter battle in which his antiwar protests were attacked, his patriotism was questioned and he himself was derided as an elitist careerist. His political future seemed shattered before it began.

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Hennessy's View linked with Kerry's First Defeat: 1972
Hennessy's View linked with Kerry's First Defeat: 1972

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  1. Kerry’s First Defeat: 1972
    There is something chilling in reading this article top to bottom, perhaps moreso because 1972 is the beginning of my political awakening.

    My parents were naturally Democrats, and I grew up in the very Democrat, blue-collar neighborhood of Southwes…

    Trackback by Hennessy's View — Friday, September 24, 2004 @ 10:10 pm

  2. Kerry’s First Defeat: 1972
    Thanks to Poliblogger for this link. There is something chilling in reading this article top to bottom,…

    Trackback by Hennessy's View — Sunday, December 5, 2004 @ 6:41 am

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