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10. Kennedy won for other reasons.
He picked Johnson to appease Democratic insiders. Kennedy was a one-term senator. In Mike Beschloss's books on Johnson, one thing which is very apparent is that the Washington insiders didn't like RFK (and probably JFK) because their charisma meant they didn't have to jump through the DC hoops to get things done. They had a direct connection to the public and could do what the public wanted, and if the public didn't want it yet, the Kennedys could talk the public into wanting it. Johnson hated that.

Kennedy needed to do little more to get the public more on his side. But he picked Johnson, the master of the sentate, and consumate DC insider, because he needed the Dem machinery and the DC apparatus to work for him too.

And as for my earlier point, the ACT of choosing the VP will get publicity. You could pick my grandmother, and it'll get publicity. What matters is whether the message of the selection resonates. Bill picked Al because he was sending the message that the young men like Bill from the south were right for the US. Al picked Joe to say that Al was like Joe -- moral and upstanding. You're trying to reaffirm a message about yourself when you pick a VP. What message do you send by picking a guy only because he finished second. What if you disagree on all the issues? Are you saying the issues don't matter?
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