Around the same time John Fitzgerald Kennedy was rising through the ranks of the US Congress, a guy called John Francis Kennedy decided to put his name on the ballot to run for Massachusetts state treasurer. In a few years, there would be other John Kennedys trying to win public office in the state.
A few years back I talked with Virginia Prescott on NHPR’s Word of Mouth about concession speeches. And now we’re doing it all over again – but this time it’s for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought!”
I’m back one more time on NHPR’s Civics 101 podcast, sharing one more story from midterm election history. This time it’s the midterm of 2002, where the lesson is that the rules of American politics only apply until they don’t.