Al Eisele On His Last Convention


    What a way to write finish to my career as a journalist, by covering the Republican National Convention in the city where I got my first reporting job more than four decades ago, after doing the same at the Democratic Convention in Denver, both of which figure to be as historic as the first two I covered in 1968. …

    That’s why it will be hard for me to hang up my press credentials after the 2008 election, and start my next career, which is still undefined but will center on teaching and writing books, starting with an updated version of “Almost to the Presidency,” my 1972 dual biography of two Minnesota political giants, Hubert Humphrey and Sen. Eugene McCarthy. Then I plan to return to a half-finished biography of the late Cardinal Cushing of Boston before writing my own memoir, tentatively titled “Confessions of a Jurassic Journalist: Lessons Learned While Serving 40 Years to Life in the Nation’s Capital.”

    That’s assuming I live long enough since I just celebrated my 72nd birthday, which makes me the same age as Sen. McCain and allows me to joke that anyone that old is too old to be president. Be that as it may, it’s clearly too old to be covering political conventions and presidential elections. Political reporting has become a young man’s — and increasingly, young woman’s — game now, as young reporters are proving at these two conventions.