You miss the days when candidates were chosen in the cliche`

ridden "smoke filled rooms" outside and inside the convention halls, and then campaigned usually in well organized venues outdoors or indoors. Okay, I miss my innocence too, the time when cynicism seemed an aberration rather than a simple clear-eyed view of the process. But Romney was certainly not The People's Choice of the Republican Party, and less so than Obama was the People's choice of the Democratic Party.

Obama comes closer to the old myth than anyone in decades, closer to being an Outsider than anyone since Jimmy Carter, nearly 30 years ago.