Medved on Massachusetts and Presidential Candidates

Michael Medved, one of the sharpest political observers on talk radio, penned a fascinating column explaining what’s up with Massachusetts in producing so many presidential candidates.

“But it’s actually Massachusetts, of all unlikely places, that’s the odd winner of the nomination sweepstakes, with four—count ‘em, four!—major party nominees since 1952,” Medved writes. ” This unlikely presidential breeding ground gave the nation John Kennedy, Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, and now Mitt Romney. The Bay State also produced other formidable contenders who fell short of winning the nomination, including Ted Kennedy in 1980, Paul Tsongas in 1992, and Henry Cabot Lodge, a vice presidential nominee in 1960 and briefly a presidential contender four years later. Meanwhile, two other prominent presidential aspirants were born in Massachusetts (Robert Kennedy and George H. W. Bush) though they both ultimately represented other, larger states (New York and Texas) when they ran for elective office.”

“Why would this relatively minor state, ranked 44th in land area and only 14th in population, play such an out-sized part in presidential politics?” Medved proceeds to explain why.

To learn more about Medved, and how this politico turned movie critic turned politco/movie critic gained multi-media reach read Chapter 8 of The Right Frequency, available in August. You can pre-order an autographed copy at a 30% discount.

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