I'd like to use this spot, on this terrible weekend, to celebrate politicians. Have you ever had a positive personal encounter with a politician? Here's a chance to tell your story. In honor of Gabriel Zimmerman, the staff member who died yesterday, I'd also love to hear of any positive experiences with the people who work for politicians: congressional staff, but generally anyone who works for a pol. Or, just write a quick sentence or two about a politician you really like.
Democracy, at least our American version, doesn't work without the folks who dedicate part or all of their lives to running for office. Hundreds of thousands of them: the United States has, by one estimate I've seen, half a million elected officials (which presumably means an almost equal number of people who run and lose every cycle). They may be ambitious, or altruistic, or just possessed of an unusually high ability to appreciate the joys of public happiness, but whatever their motives, they make democracy happen. So, please leave your stories here.