The loser was Rahul Gandhi. The Gandhi political dynasty descends not from Mohandas K. Gandhi, who is not related, but from India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, whose daughter, Indira Gandhi, served as prime minister, and was succeeded by her son, Rajiv. Rajiv’s wife, Sonia, became head of the Congress party, and Rahul is her son. A member of the family occupied the Indian premiership for 40 of the country’s first 60 years of independence.
I note the defeat of the Gandhi scion mainly to hearten those who fear that the 2016 U.S. presidential ballot will read “Bush/Clinton.” Dynasties are not invincible.