This morning, I noticed a new message on my home answering machine. Barack Obama apparently called while I was out. (“Hi, this is President Barack Obama. I rarely make these calls and I truly apologize for intruding on your day. But I had to talk to you about the election in Massachusetts on Tuesday because the stakes are so high.”) This afternoon, I picked up the phone and heard another familiar voice: “Hello, this is President Bill Clinton.” He wanted to remind me to vote on Tuesday. Also, to remember that he personally knows Martha Coakley.

I wonder if one of them would be so kind as to record a new greeting for my machine?

This message was paid for by the Democratic National Committee.