I’m friends with my ex-girlfriends and some people find that weird. But here’s the thing: I don’t see them as ex-girlfriends; I see them as alumnae. They gained admission, they went through the program, and graduation was bittersweet.

So, later this year, I’m going to give them all a call.

“Hey Sarah,” I’ll say. “Listen. I’m actually raising funds for a prospective candidate who doesn’t have the financial means to support me, and I was wondering if you’d consider making a kind donation.”

“…Hello… Sarah?”