"Kevin's a very bright guy and has a lot of potential," says Bill Lacy. "He's a marketing guy. He's always thinking about how to improve his points and get his ideas across. If the country got straightened out, I could see him going back into business and making a lot of money."

Whatever Jackson's future holds, the Tinley Park rally makes it clear he has charisma to spare. Just before he's about to go onstage, a tall black man approaches.

"I know you!" he cries. "I friended you on Facebook. You are inspiring! I saw you beat Shuster on MSNBC. You made me go out and get an education. Two years ago I knew nothing about politics. I was a Kool-Aid drinker for Barack Obama."

Jennifer Silverberg
The politician who inspired Kevin Jackson, Ronald Reagan.
The politician who inspired Kevin Jackson, Ronald Reagan.

Now the man, whose name is Les Moore, has an iPod full of conservative videos downloaded from YouTube.

Moore listens intently to Jackson's speech, then wanders Tinley Park's downtown in search of an ATM so he can purchase a copy of The Big Black Lie. After getting his book signed and having his picture taken with Jackson, he lingers with two white men at Jackson's table, discussing Obama's weakness of character, the possibility that evolution is a piece of propaganda dispersed by the left and potential Tea Party candidates for 2012.

"I've been voting since 1970, and I've never had so much fun," declares Chuck Cheesman, one of the white men, who says he has been out of work for a year and a half.

"I agree," says Jackson. "Jon Stewart said after the election that there was less to laugh at. I saw lots to laugh about."

"I can't say that," says Cheesman, "'cause then I'd be a racist."

"You should be laughing more," Jackson tells him. "When you lampoon the craziness of their ideas, that's when you win. If you want to discuss it, you've lost."

Cheesman looks at Jackson in wonder. "You exist!" he says. "The media told us you didn't exist!"

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