On our recent campaign tour, we stopped in Ashburn, Georgia. Driving into Ashburn, you are greeted with a banner that explains this small town is the home of the “Fire Ant Festival.” A resident told us: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” In front of the Chamber of Commerce here is a big, red metal sculpture of (that’s right): a fire ant. It is so ominous looking, in fact, that I had a hard time getting our three-year-old Jonathan to pose next to it… While at an Ashburn park playing with the kids later, a couple people approached and said they’d seen us on a television news show recently and wanted an autograph. After signing some flyers, Liz and Sarah ended up joining these people at an informal house gathering up the street. (I stayed behind to throw a football around with Jonathan and Joseph.) Liz spent about a half hour expertly explaining the platform, answering questions… Toward the end, a dentist in the group — who had several times said it is time for a change in politics — asked how we were funded. Liz said we get donations, just like any of the other presidential candidates (only, oh, a little bit less). She then said to the dentist: “In fact, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is…” Later Liz recounted the story to me. “I can’t believe you said ‘put your money where your mouth is’ to — a dentist,” I smiled. “I never even thought of that,” Liz laughed… And so it goes with the “average Joe” fundraisers.