Election 2002: Dad, Can I Borrow the Scepter?

And Kathleen was supposed to be the Kennedy for folks who don't even like Kennedys! Earnest and unglamorous, smart and hardworking, with a blameless private life, she doled out the family charm in responsible, measured amounts. She married young and even took her husband's last name, which is an antipatriarchal thing to do if your own last name is Kennedy.

But on Tuesday the voters of Maryland, a heavily Democratic state, rejected Kennedy Lite in favor of no Kennedy at all. Various Kennedy siblings and cousins have also seen their political ambitions go pffft. "The dream shall never die," Uncle Ted...

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