The same goes for the Denver woman with a baby in her arms who just lost her home.
Dittos for the woman from Appleton, Wisconsin, who can't afford her insurance.
The 55-year-old woman from North Carolina who just went back to school needs to be ash-canned, too.
It's not that I don't have compassion for these people, all of whom were mentioned in last night's presidential debate. I've just lost patience with this lazy (and increasingly hollow) form of campaign-trail rhetoric.
Compelling stories do move people; it's true. But this canned form of storytelling only moves them to change the channel.
That's my message for both the 51-year-old struggling first-term president I watched on TV last night and a 65-year-old ex-governor of Massachusetts.