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The search for a big senator

The most common measuring stick when evaluating political candidates is the conservative-to-liberal scale. Yet when it comes to the US Senate, a metric that often matters as much runs from small to large.

Massachusetts has usually had big figures in the US Senate. Love them or loathe them, that was true of both Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, just as it was true of Ed Brooke and Paul Tsongas, of Leverett Saltonstall and both Henry Cabot Lodges.

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