John Kerry: Back in the Hunt

John Kerry has become something Republicans never imagined and Democrats need: a bipartisan dealmaker

Yoon S. Byun / Boston Globe / Landov

Kerry says his unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid deepened his sense of the country.

On a hot August afternoon in 2008, Ted Kennedy took John Kerry sailing on his 50-ft. schooner, the Mya.It was a perfect day on the water, sunny with the occasional cotton-ball cloud riding the strong winds over the family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. With the Mya's blue hull moving at a good clip, Kennedy turned to his old friend with reminiscences of failed campaigns past: Kennedy's bid for the presidency in 1980 and Kerry's in 2004. What concerned Kennedy, who three months earlier had learned he had a malignant brain tumor, was legacy — Kerry's legacy.

"John,...

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