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Incumbents Forever

jkash1776 Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 10:19 PM
correction: believing (sadly, correctly) that the messenger's hypocrisy that makes him ill suited to be pointing fingers, will be disregarded by the easily baited Republicans.

AS A CANDIDATE for lieutenant governor in 1982, John Kerry assured the voters of Massachusetts that he wasn't seeking the position as a mere "stepping-stone" to higher office. But just one year into his four-year term, he announced his candidacy for the US Senate seat that Paul Tsongas was vacating because of illness.

Few people held Kerry's broken commitment against him. In part that was because nobody had believed it in the first place (all candidates for lieutenant governor seek the position as a stepping-stone). But it was also because everyone knew what Kerry knew: If he passed up...