Ted Kennedy had been entrusted with overseeing 13 western states for his brother’s 1960 presidential campaign. It was a tough assignment, since
many of the states were Republican strongholds. In the end he failed to deliver all but three of them. § “Can I come back,” the youngest and breeziest Kennedy wired his rabidly competitive family in a post-election telegram, “if I promise to carry the Western States in 1964?” § The move — using his fun-loving personality to paper over his failings — was classic Teddy. Even though he had grown into a handsome 28-year-old man with angular features, he was still seen by his high-achieving siblings as the overweight baby brother who was great for a laugh or a hug, but nothing of consequence.