It is with a heavy heart that I write this final post. I was forced to leave Minnesota before the end of the convention to be by my father's bedside. He passed away at 1 AM this morning after a heroic battle against cancer. I am grateful for the time I got to spend with him during the last several years. He loved to talk politics. The 2008 election became a real bonding point for both of us. When the conventions rolled around I was reluctant to go. He said he wanted me to go so I could tell him all about it. I called him every day.
There is a lot of talk at these political conventions about "family values" and debates over which party has more or less. Nobody has the monopoly on them. My dad was a life-long Democrat but he proved over and over again that he was chock full of family values. No words can describe how much he will be missed.