Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Kerry's no Gagne

Our pal Soxblog offers some local perspective on the prevalent notion of John Kerry as a "good closer."
The Kerry’s-a-good-closer champions also point to Kerry’s triumph over Bill Weld in the 1996 Senate race. Kerry did win that close race, true enough, but it had nothing to do with him being a good closer. It had everything to do with him enjoying a home court advantage in liberal Massachusetts that simply could not be overcome. The more relevant takeaway from the 1996 race should be how did Kerry almost lose in super Democrat friendly Massachusetts? After all, he had been in the Senate for 12 years at the time – where was the love?

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