you rang? I don't know about all that but it certainly seems very Ben Bradlee of him. As we've talked about before, Benjamin Crowninshield Bradley may have sworn the most famous blue streaks in a foul-mouthed town. We're getting there. That will actually figure in the next chapter also as we explore these themes further. Which is to say YOU CAN HAZ MOAR SAUSAGE, to the tune of employment policy, energy policy, some actual industrial policy (with some interesting butterflies starting to flap in several directions), etc. We are finding our feet in the new year, now. It's very kind of you to say, I don't know that I'd go that far but it's a lot of fun. Speaking of which I just yesterday discovered your ancillary thread for BSiC - love the concept. And the generosity of spirit involved. Phil Hart is really coming into his own in this role, rather as he might have given such a chance. He's always been a lean, wiry fellow but time and effort wear at him. At least there's always Janey there knocking him on the head and telling him to take care of himself. My favorite McGoverning power couple there, even more than George and Eleanor. It struck me as a Galbraithian thing to say, having hung around a little with his youngest son when I was in grad school and Jamie was a big wheel at the LBJ School of Public Policy. Glad you liked all the fun with MECA, a classic case of "not the policy horse we rode into town on, but definitely one that most people will remember fondly." There are still issues, and loopholes for malfeasance, and they're only just getting started on serious cost control given that managed-care Medicaid is still an option (constricted by a series of fairly bluntly racist states, too) rather than a mandate. But like Social Security before it, they're taking the Medicare model and putting their backs in to shove it the next stage down the line towards a true and proper health-care system. Actually I think I'll do a little post just below on some of the policy stuff since we're in a G R A N U L A R place with the narrative just now. Also, as someone whose first proper political campaign experience (other than carrying Mo Udall literature in the basket of my tricycle at age not-quite-four while my mother passed it out during the '76 primaries) was for outgoing Governor Jim Hunt in North Carolina in his famous race against Senator No in 1984 (Gentleman Jim was a good guy, tough enough to be effective but nice enough to be good, and other than his sad affinity for the death penalty much more genuinely liberal on the issues than most New South Dems of his era, especially on education), I rather enjoyed the irony of ol' Jesse failing to treat every corridor as if it were miked and every mike as if it were loaded, given that he rose to power as a fire-breathing editorialist on WRAL-TV in Raleigh.