Bush and Kerry are 10th cousins, meaning they share the same great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, Henry Herrick and Edith Laskin of Salem, Mass. The Herricks, however, are not their only common ancestors. Bush and Kerry can be traced back to eight different sets of shared relatives, making them alternately 11th cousins once removed, ninth cousins twice removed or 14th cousins.
As someone who has never not voted in any election in which I was eligible (starting with Harvey Gantt for U.S. Senate in 1990), I am sure not missing this one. I’ll just have to remind myself why nothing could be worse than 4 more years. It won’t be hard.