My family talked about politics a lot. My earliest political memory is watching the Watergate hearings while my father yelled obscene things at the TV. It was very exciting to hear that much cursing in the house. My family also had a celebratory watching of Nixon’s resignation speech, and I remember feeling something important and good was happening. Nixon was the bogey man of my childhood. My other proto-political memory was our station wagon– we had a Eugene McCarthy for president bumper sticker on it and I thought our car was named McCarthy because of it. McCarthy ran in 1968 and I was born in 1966 so I must have been very young when I named the car.