Bruce Springsteen’s closing themesong had a subtle subtext: Barack Obama may be a funny name–they said that over and over again over the four days–but he really is an American. Funny story: when I ran for the US Senate in 1986, my campaign advisor Ed Rollins convinced me to adopt the same theme, born in the USA. He was afraid with a name like Linda Chavez Maryland voters might think I was a little too foreign. Obviously the theme worked wonders. Just ask Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who trounced me.