Wish I had more time to blog at this confab (Santa Barbara Retreat of David Horowitz Freedom Center), but we don’t have wireless in the meeting room.
After the first session this morning, I introduced himself to Michael Barone whose column I have enjoyed for about as long as I’ve been following politics. Â I keep a copy of his Almanac of American Politics by my desk. Â When I mentioned the blog, without prompting he identified me as GayPatriotWest (my blog moniker is not on my badge), then said, that we had a “terrific blog.” Â Given my respect for this guy, as you can imagine, I’m bouncing off the walls.
He called “interesting” my idea that the presidential candidate of party out of power polls far better than the candidate of the incumbent party in power for eight years. Â It seemed like he was going to look into it.
Flattering when perhaps the leading student of election polls and returns thinks you’ve offered an interesting analysis on politics.
I’d always been impressed with Barone because of the encyclopedic knowledge he has about elections and returns in various jurisdictions and his thoughtful analysis of politics. In person, he is even more interesting with a terrific sense of humor whose remarks kept us laughing while he offered his take on the election.
I will try to offer a few more details from the conference at a later date, should I get a moment, but have promised Tammy to join her for a cocktail later this afternoon, provided she doesn’t have to return to LA for her radio show.