In the afterlifes of two unsuccessful Massachusetts candidates for president - former Governor Michael S. Dukakis and Senator John Kerry - Mitt Romney can find both some empathy and different paths to alternate forms of fulfillment. Following his 1988 loss, Dukakis returned to the State House to continue his day job. After his loss eight years ago, Kerry threw himself into his Senate life, just as Edward M. Kennedy did after losing his own campaign for the presidency in 198o.
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