But, at the end of the evening, I was left wanting something. The impossible something. I want that bell unrung and, if I could have written part of Hillary's speech, here's what she'd have said to us...
While we understand that Barack Obama is a Democrat, we're encouraged by many of his policies that are conservative in the truest sense. There are some questions, though, that we'd like Senator Obama to answer.
Many journalists decided long ago that McCain is just different from other politicians. They declare McCain innocent of all sins associated with other members of his profession, no matter how often he commits them.
Forget everything you've heard and read. Whether it's Fox, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times or the Huffington Post. Suburban Republicans, southern blacks, Army brats, believe me, you can't poll the stuff I've seen on the trail.
John and Cindy McCain made roughly $6.5 million last year. Of that $6.5 million, $23,000 came from social security. That's right, the millionaire McCains draw steadily on a system he says is disgracefully broken.
Despite a perpetual, misty cold, Genie Kastrup, political director for the SEIU Illinois Council, said more than 350 SEIU, Change to Win, and Obama campaign volunteers showed up to canvas the Steel City.
"By placing such an emphasis on building a visually appealing brand, Obama is validating the importance of design in communication. This in turn builds support from the design community, who might feel that a design-conscious candidate best represents their personal beliefs," Aw says.
Chasing around Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, I traveled from Davenport to Eldridge to Knoxville and finally back to Des Moines. And while it was only a couple hundred miles mostly along I-80, it might as well have been hopping from one world to another.