I was going to begin this column with a wry joke about the current banking and financial crisis, something on the order that if you have Lehman, you've got to make Lehman-aid.

Instead, I'll turn my attention to the presidential race, since this will be the last issue in which I'll be able to vent about how bizarrely Darwinian it is that voters have to select either Barack Obama or John McCain as the 44th occupant of the Oval Office.

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