Sorry for the hiatus. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the holidays, and taking a little time to do some sustained reading. (A few recommendations here.)
For the last few days, as I’ve been on my walks or bike rides, I’ve been trying to compose something akin to a blog-version of a Christmas card, one of those end-of-year recaps that folks send out around this time of year. It’s a tradition that I really love, though never actually manage to do myself, and I thought it might be a good idea to attempt one here.
The problem is that this year was so fricking crazy that I don’t know where to start. So here are just a few memories that stick out:
Watching oral arguments at the Supreme Court: Since my wife was clerking for Justice Stevens last term, I was lucky enough to attend a few of this biggest cases: Heller, Boumediene, and Medellin. It’s a truly remarkable thing to watch: intellectual combat at its finest with the highest possible stakes. If you’ve never been, arguments are open to the public. You just have to show up very early if it’s a big case. But I have to say, the big cases are the best because they tend to attract the best oral advocates. And when you get two top-tier lawyers, (say Paul Clement and Seth Waxman) it’s like watching a musical duel between Yo Yo Ma and Yitzhak Perlman.
A firehouse in Berlin, New Hampshire. We arrived at 2am on a frigid January night on the John Edwards campaign bus. The air had the thin, spikey quality of New England winter. We were greeted by two dozen Edwards supporters, many of whom had just been laid off from the nearby mill, which had, of course, just shuttered its doors.
Total chaos in a Vegas high school. I had the distinct pleasure of watching the first-ever Nevada Democratic caucus. It didn’t go very smoothly. Aside from the great color I got, I also was able to console my brother, who’d been a field organizer for Obama in Vegas, and whose efforts came up short that day. He’d have his day, though.