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In past years, it was easy to meet anyone you wanted. You could even invite a candidate to give a talk in your living room, especially if you invited them early enough in the process when they were building an organization.
In 2003 I wasn't particularly aggressive, but I met John Edwards, Howard Dean, and Dennis Kucinich. We even had Kucinich over to our house for one of those so-called cozy living room things. Little did we know that the Kucinich people advertised the event on their web site and 350 people showed up. Really. Even the New York Times sent a reporter.
This year I thought I'd invite every single candidate to my home. Since one of them was bound to become President, it seemed like a cool idea. But then I made a list of candidates. Frankly I wasn't interested in meeting most of them. While it would be cool to chat up Rudy, Hillary, McCain, Obama, and Edwards, it suddenly struck me as an enormous amount of time to organize the whole thing and these days I am so deeply committed to doing the long meditations that I described in previous posts.
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Of course, if I wanted to meet the second and third tier candidates I'd have plenty of takers, but, let's face it, zzzzzzzzzzzz.