I got to know him last year at a party, and then I was on a really fun panel with him a couple of days ago. I don’t agree with him about very much, to put it mildly, but face to face he’s a fun person to talk to. No I won’t be defending anything he writes, and I am sure vice versa. But I really appreciate his friendly collegiality despite our myriad political differences. And I send a friendly blogular hello to his family as well.