1. Even since leaving Reason and ending up at the Washington Post, he’s given fair, balanced, and attentive coverage to the Libertarian Party and its candidates. Not fawning/saccharine coverage, mind you. He’s neither fool nor flack. But it’s nice to have a journalist of stature sweep his spotlight across our poorly-covered and seldom-covered niche now and again for some purpose other than giggles.
  2. Maybe he’s just a good guy, or maybe he has that gift so coveted by salesmen and politicians as well as journalists. He remembers people. I probably spent a grand total of five minutes around him and two minutes talking with him at the Libertarian Party’s national convention in 2008. At the 2016 convention in Orlando, I happened to be behind him in the line at the registration desk. He turned around and said “oh, hey, Tom!” and we talked for a couple of minutes. Half the time I can’t remember someone’s name for eight minutes, let alone eight years. Including, sometimes, my own. So I find that charming.
  3. He wrote a book on progressive rock. Not especially my cup of tea (you know me, I’m more of a folk/blues/country type), but I am still planning to read it. Some time. Real Soon Now (hint: There’s a link to my Amazon wish list in the sidebar). Heck, I’ll give y’all a quickie review when I do. The description mentions some bands I dig (Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Rush), not all of whom I would necessarily dig on prog rock terms per se, but what do I know?
  4. If he’s really rocking that ‘stache from the pic on his Twitter feed, (I recall him as clean-shaven last time we encountered each other), well, sir I stand in awe.
  5. I don’t have to go hunt him down any more. He writes an email newsletter, The Trailer. It’s awesome. Good nuts and bolts stuff on what just happened and what’s going to happen in US politics. You really ought to subscribe.

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