"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

1.22.2006

red and white and nearly over

People I know are running for office. One locally and one for the big-time.

That makes me feel old. And strange. Tons of my friends have worked for campaigns at all levels, and one is now starting his own campaign consulting business, but being the candidate is a whole other game. It was bound to happen, but still. Wow.

As for Mr. Nebraska, he's running as a Democrat in one of the most conservative districts in the country. The seat is currently held by Coach/U.S. Representative/future Nebraska Governor Tom Osborne, and it seems really unlikely to me that he'll be able to take it. Aside from that, I think his campaign would make a really interesting dissertation or case study on the creation of a political identity. Back in the day, none of us could ever figure out why he was running around New Haven in boots when he grew up in Italy. It made even less sense that he had this "I'm a farm boy" image he liked to project but didn't have the manners of a gentleman whose mama raised him right. But now it all makes sense. This should be fun to watch.

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