So now that the show's over, let me address the elephant in the room. Or in this case, the donkey.

Yeah, I invited Howard Dean to join us this year. I know, I know, what the hell was I thinking? And no I wasn't just hoping he still had his Secret Service detail (and their expense budgets).

As I've argued before, we do ourselves a disservice by filtering out contrary opinions and points of view. In the spirit of Willy Wonka, I thought it would be fun to bring in someone from the left to address our overwhelming Republican audience. But in the months leading up to this year's expo, any sense of fun withered under the barrage of emails and phone calls I received.

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