Marine Reservist, currently in Fallujah, wins election

Marine elected to City Council while in Iraq
Family handled campaigning; reservist will work via phone until return

Maj. Mike McNamara, son of former Red Sox manager John McNamara, won a seat on the Grand Forks, ND, city council.

“When I grew up, everyone was a veteran and they really, truly understood what service to the nation was,” he said by phone from Iraq, where he works in a combat operations center. “The country is straying from that. When you come here and see young men get killed, and the terrible ways they get killed, it consecrates democracy for you.”

Is straying“? “Has strayed” is more like it.

I’m guessing we’ll be seeing a lot more veterans winning seats at all levels in the coming years. That’s almost certainly a good thing for America.