I saw Donald Rumsfeld speak for the first time when I was working as an intern in 1969 for then-Senator Walter Mondale. Rumsfeld was serving his fourth term as a congressman from Illinois' 13th District and spoke to a group of interns in a presentation that my roommate and I attended....
A few days later we went to see the movie "If..." at a sold-out showing in Georgetown. The movie is a bizarre blend of fantasy and reality. After the movie we noticed Rumsfeld among the crowd streaming out of the theater. My roommate shouted to him, "Mr. Rumsfeld, what did you think of the movie?" "I didn't get it," he said with a bemused shrug of his shoulders. I can still see it in my mind's eye and it's a memory that has caused me to resist the media's portrait of Rumsfeld's allegedly unpleasant personal qualities. He has been a remarkable public servant for most of his adult life and I don't think anyone has yet taken the measure of his service.
Um, you saw Rumsfeld barely aknowledge you with a wry comment outside a movie theater one time, and that kernel of insight into his true character sustained you through the next 37 years of new facts you learned about him from multiple sources? Truly, this is the faith that moves mountains.
Speaking of matters of faith, it's cool that we have our first Muslim member of Congress, Keith Ellison. Even cooler is that he's representing Minnesota, because that means the Powerline guys can freak out about it all the time. I bet they'll be the ones to break the story wide open when he declares a hudna with St. Paul. Don't fall for it! He's only regrouping and gathering his forces for a Seante run!!!