Massachusetts had once been a breeding ground for presidents. But after Mitt Romney’s failure to unseat Barack Obama, it now looks more like a graveyard for White House aspirations.
Romney on Tuesday became the third straight major-party nominee from the Bay State, after John Kerry in 2004 and Michael Dukakis in 1988, to lose his bid for the presidency.
“The fact is Massachusetts is not a particularly good training ground for running for president in the last decade or so,” said Elaine Kamarck, a professor of public policy at Harvard University and a former White House aide to President Clinton.
The Massachusetts electorate is more highly educated than voters in much of the country, Kamarck noted, and often embraces brainy candidates, even when they lack personal warmth. The same qualities that win here can make a national candidate appear “snobby and distant,” Kamarck said.
Such was the criticism of Romney, whose self-styled image of the “CEO governor” persuaded voters in this famously blue state to elect a Republican in 2002.
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