It was the final day of the 2004 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and John Kerry, trying to show his hard-​​traveling press corps some love, was handing out Team Kerry fleece jackets as memen­toes. The sen­ti­men­tality of the moment fal­tered slightly when he got to me, handed me a jacket and told me €”in a really nice, solic­i­tous way €”that I might need a larger size. His aides winced.

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