We participated in our first official campaign event of Campaign 2012 today. We (and our retro-van campaign vehicle) were in Butler, Ohio’s Nifty Fifties parade. There were old Impalas with fuzzy dice, bobby socks, t-shirts with the sleeves rolled up… Fittingly, it is ‘best of’ this era that we ask Americans to consider recapturing. Back then it was a slower pace of life, neighbors helped neighbors more and the streets were a lot safer for kids… Our kids, on roller skates, tossed candy to the spectators and I would follow up: “That candy is actually a campaign bribe,” I’d smile, then hand them some literature and continue. “I’m running for president in Campaign 2012.” Most people would then, inevitably, look quizzical. “Well, it’s never too early to start,” I’d add, then head on. Most of them seemed good naturedly receptive enough, especially the ones I gave the Tootsie Rolls to.