So close, yet oh, so far away.
Apparently, my grass roots campaign for the presidency came up just short as a couple of the Columbia Daily Tribune bloggers had some fun and set up a presidential campaign between the Media Bloggers Party and the Political Bloggers Party.
A blow-by-blow account of this battle, including my primary wins in Michigan, Louisiana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Carolina, West Virginia, Nebraska, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Oregon, Kentucky, and Montana, is featured in the Tribune's GameOver blog.
Going into the convention, under Tribune political writer Jason Rosenbaum's scenario, I had the lead, but when John Combest bowed out, most of his delegates opted for Jeff Roe of the Source and he became the nominee. The other candidates from our party were Antonio French of PubDef.net and Roy Temple of Fired Up Missouri.
In the media blogger category David Catanese of KY3 was the winner over Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Steve Kraske of the Kansas City Star, Tony Messenger of the Springfield News-Leader, and Rosenbaum.
In the general election, Catanese defeated Roe (blowing any chance I had of landing a Cabinet position).
Thanks to Jason Rosenbaum for including me with the bigwigs of the state bloggers. Give me a few months and I will start an exploratory commitee for the next election cycle.