I flew to the Twin Cities in September to report on John McCain's convention for Modern Healthcare, and Tuesday I walked down the street from the magazine's Chicago newsroom to stand among 240,000 people in the city's Grant Park to wait for the returns.
I watched the Arizona senator bask in confetti and balloons with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, his newly minted superstar running mate not yet redrawn by the “elite liberal media” and Tina Fey. Two months later I watched Illinois Sen. Barack Obama take the stage as the president-elect of the United States.
In Minnesota and at the Democrats' event in Denver, earnest politicians, policymakers and academics discussed what they believe might improve the country's troubled healthcare system. My colleagues Jessica Zigmond, Matthew DoBias and I chased and wrote about as much of it as we could manage for modernhealthcare.com.