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This post is really just for the regular OlbyWatch readers who might miss me while I am travelling this week and unable to follow either Olbermann or the comment threads.
Right now I am sitting at the Borders/Starbucks overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor, not far from Camden Yards where the Orioles play. Ironically, I had tickets for the Orioles v. Yankees in New York last night but could not go. I took my daughter to see two schools today - Towson University and Loyola Maryland. The guy on the tour mentioned that the editor of their school paper was "really famous" because he was a blogger and asked if I knew what blogging was. Hehehe. The paper is actually very good. Brian is Ediitor in Chief. In the current edition he wrote a column contrasting the crime rate at the University of Maryland (one of the worst in the USA) with Towson, relatively safer.
I will be in DC for a conference on Thursday and Friday. I was invited to the conference by Sandra Day O'Connor which she is hosting along with Stephen Bryer. It's kind of a big deal conference with some big names like Newt Gingrich, Tom Daschle, Chief Justice Roberts, AG Alberto Gonzalez and load of ex-Sec States, ex-AGs and ex-FBI directors participating. They kept the whole thing kind of quiet and asked me not to blog about it but last night I saw O'Connor and Breyer on with Charlie Rose talking about it and so I guess its ok now for me to blog about my going. The conference is on a "Fair Judiciary" and is focused on their concern that 40-50% of Americans think that judges are politicians and robes and that this perception of judges is bad for our democracy. Last night they dismissed the notion of "activist judges". Rose said something I had been thinking - that I have never heard of such a conference where supreme court justices are getting so publicly involved on political issues and brining together politicians. If I understood Breyer right, this kind of thing has happened twice in the past 100 years - the last time under Warren Burger in the early 70s - so it IS a pretty unusual event. It was funny at the end because Rose said "Gee, now I really want to go to this conference". I already know this event is invitation only and the way that have managed the event (HomeDef Sec Chertoff's wife is managing it) has been very strict so there was no way Charlie was getting a last minute invite - and sure enough the two of them just sat there stonefaced. Hehehe.
I will try and pop in here on this post and update you all on the event if I can. I am pretty sure Keith Olbermann will not come up but if he does I wll let you know.