I haven't been as active this election year as in the past. Probably it's because of the remodeling we've been doing and the fact that Linda recently retired and we've been travelling a lot. It's been hard to find time to canvas and answer phones and walk around trying to get the vote out.
But I did do one significant thing this time around that may -- in fact -- guarantee the election of Barack Obama.
I went to a political rally at the community market in Danville, Virginia.
Here's a picture a police officer at the rally took for my neighbor Kelly Brande:
Now, I got to explain what I meant when I said that my being at this rally may guarantee the election for my fellow Chicagoan, Barack Obama.
In my life I have seen three Democratic politicians who were running for president. I attended rallies for John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Bill Clinton. Each one of them became president. I never saw Mondale or Dukakis or Kerry, and -- not surprisingly -- none of those fellows became president.
How can I explain this? Well, really I can't -- it's like so many of the great truths, a mystery from top to bottom, port to starboard.
Truth be told, I did see one Democrat who didn't become president. That was Al Gore, but his not getting to be president doesn't really deny the power of my gift. He did win the election but was robbed.
I hope that doesn't happen again