Nation: That Which We Are, We Are

Kennedy goes out in style—and looks ahead

THE ALSO-RAN. Winning isn 't everything; it's the only thing, said Vince Lombardi. But sometimes nothing so becomes a candidate's run for the Oval Office as the manner in which he bows out. Sport and politics share the inevitability that someone must lose —but also the redemption that there is almost always a tomorrow.

The great resonant voice rumbled from the podium and through the arena, capturing the full attention of the thousands of Democrats below. The curly, graying head bobbed in...

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