The overdue end of the Kennedy myth

I suspect that I was not alone among living Americans under the age of 70 in rejoicing at the defeat of Joe Kennedy III in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary. This was not because of “the issues.” I know almost nothing about Kennedy’s political views, and even less about those of his opponent, Sen. Ed Markey.

I jumped for joy upon hearing of this result, which will not meaningfully affect the composition of the Senate, for the same reason that 45 percent of the primary electorate voted for Kennedy: because of his last name.

No exit polling is available to give an age breakdown, but it would be astonishing if support for the two candidates were not notably divided along generational lines.



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