Geraghty is a successful man in a tough business, putting together commercial leasing packages in downtown Chicago, its suburbs, and around the country. A faithful follower of everything political, he is an occasional guest on Chicago radio and television programs, eloquently defending his positions. He shouts well too, an asset in modern media. When I set out to write this book, I knew my tendency might be to gravitate toward the emerging liberal majority in looking at this election—it’s easy to reach, eager to talk, and fi lled with anger about the Bush years. I believed Geraghty would help me balance it with his insight. I was not wrong.