I think I had only one significant encounter with him. (It occurred at the event at the Embassy of the Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that is pictured above.) I disagreed quite comprehensively with his more striking policy positions and, on more than one occasion, found some of his actions quite morally indefensible. His hyperpartisanship — notably including his vocal disrespect for President George W. Bush and his baseless and unrepented slander about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s taxes –surprised and disappointed me. Still, I heard very good things about him from people who knew him, including even some of his serious political opponents. I reaped the whirlwind for defending Senator Harry Reid once or twice, and I very was saddened yesterday to hear the news of his death. Here are a few things about his passing:
I hope that this entry will not be met with name-calling and extreme language. Death and the plan of salvation — and, to me, Church membership and Christian discipleship — are bigger than partisan politics.