The last time I had to write so nebulous a column was four years ago, at another pivotal moment in our nation's history: it was the week before Chinese Democracy came out, and nobody was sure whether or not it would be the greatest masterpiece in the history of recorded music. "If Chinese Democracy isn't the greatest masterpiece in the history of recorded music," I wrote back then, "may God strike me down in the most gruesome and tortuous manner possible." Dodged a bullet on that one!

Good luck last week, candidates — may the better man have won. And to my loyal readers: remember to have gotten out there and voted!

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