Dear Tom Vilsack,

Why did you tempt us with your progressive energy plan (PDF) and then turn your back on us so quickly? Sure, you had no chance of winning, but you could have at least pushed your energy agenda and greenhouse-gas reduction strategies a little longer, driving the debate among candidates who might actually stand a chance. We could have had a good thing, Tom.

PS: We’re keeping these photos to remember you by.

Vilsack as Winnie the PoohVilsack as crocodile

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