I know, I know. I was deeply missed. I could tell from your many emails and phone calls. Oh, wait, you didn’t call, you didn’t write. And I thought I knew you so well. As McCain would say, “Jerks.”

First, on a personal note, it’s been a crazy twelve weeks. I finished my new novel, Recovering Charles, and sent it to my editor about 30 minutes before my drop-dead deadline. The cover has been released (see it here) and a short free sneak peek is also available. (here) The book will be in stores on September 16th. (I know you were all dying for that last little nugget.)

Also during my PD sabbatical I traveled to Oklahoma City, Idaho Falls, Tallahassee, Salt Lake, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Peru. Oh, and I gained 7 pounds. Congrats to me.

It’s impossible to pontificate on everything I’ve missed since I last posted on March 3rd. I’ll try over the next few days, but suffice it to say I’m not in the slightest bit surprised that Obama finished on top. He led our rankings long before anyone thought he really had a legit shot. What does surprise me, however, is how wounded he is. Hillary won 6 of the last 9 primaries, and most came by double digit margins.

Even yesterday, when it was clear Obama had the nomination sewn up, Hillary beat Obama by 10 points in South Dakota. Is SD a major pineapple? Hardly. But if you’re a democrat you ought to be worried that your presumptive nominee has been thumped coming down the stretch. Has a nominee ever lost so many contests so late in a race? It must kill Team Hillary that they’ve simply run out of time. One wonders if they could re-vote in a couple of states if Hillary wouldn’t have come out on top.

Speaking of presumptive nominees, did anyone notice that McCain only won 70% in South Dakota yesterday? 17% went for Paul, 7% went for Huckabee, and 3% still can’t decide. J-Mac still has a long way to go to unify his own party.

Next up for PD? VP rankings. Stay tuned…