I left a message on his machine a couple of days ago, saying I was calling to gloat... about FedEx changing their order from Airbus to Boeing. He phoned up a little while later and we chatted some. I studiously avoided any trace of a smirk:
"You might like this new crop of Dems. This Jim Webb character fought in 'Nam, worked with Reagan, but said the party had left him so he ran as a Democrat. Tester over in Montana's a farmer, an organic guy y'understand, but he's not some little weedy sumbitch. He looks like he works with his hands. McNerney over in CA-11 is a successful businessman selling wind turbines - that means we import less oil from Abdul bin HatesOurAss. And we have a rear Admiral over in Pennsylvania."
"Hey, I'm willing to give them a chance. I went to the Republicans because the party left me, but I'll look at these guys."
"Cool, that's all I ask. I'm looking for one of Webb's books, maybe pass it on after I read the sumbitch."
Then we got into global warming, but that's a whole 'nuther can of worms.