Ever heard the phrase, "If you're not first, you're last"? How about, "If you're not the lead dog, the view never changes"? For some reason, we want to believe that unless we're first across the finish line, we're worthless. But plenty of people have lost contests and still made a splash—just look at the slew of American almost-Idols who wound up bigger than the winners.
Author Scott Farris knows about coming close. The political columnist is a former bureau chief for United Press International, and has interviewed a whole bunch of people who ran for president. Farris has compiled his thoughts into the book, Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation, and he'll be at Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise today at 6 p.m.
Oh, and if you go to this FREE event, you may end up on C-SPAN. Farris' presentation of his book will be filmed for an episode of the network's Book TV.