As I was driven from my Portland, ME hotel to a TV interview this morning at 9am, we passed an Irish bar that already was overflowing with St. Patty’s Day revellers, saluting a saint with breakfast pints of Guinness. At the NBC station, my interview was completed by Boys of the Lough, a terrific five-piece band from Ireland. Then I caught a plane to Washington, DC, where I’m staying at Jury’s — an Irish-owned hotel on Dupont Circle. Tonight I’m doing a fun book event with Progressive Democrats of America, which is being billed as “Get Your Irish On with Hightower“. We didn’t really plan all of this Irishness, but I take it as a sign that the gods are smiling on us.