Goodbye to All That
Alas, my friends, the time has come. After nearly two years of tumult (broken occasionally by brief periods of boredom), Bench Conference will end today with this post.
It has been a fascinating experience, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity. As I mentioned in my very first post, when I was in college I corresponded briefly with Art Buchwald and told my mom that I would one day write for The Post. And I hope to do so again.
In the meantime, I want to thank so many of you -- even you, Constitutionalist, and especially you, Ex-AUSA! -- for taking the time to write such passionate and often elegant posts. I read as many as is humanly possible, honest I did, and what struck me most was how eager so many of you were to engage for so long with one another on points I had raised perhaps or less fully or artfully than you had hoped for. The energy and commitment so many of you showed on so many issues is truly the engine of the Internet and helps explain why it is the new medium for the new millennium.
I am most proud -- by that I mean I think we did our best work -- of this blog's coverage of the U.S. attorney scandal and the disastrous reign of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. You can find all those posts at this site, called Rough Justice. It has been nominated for several journalism awards, and if it happens to win, I hope you'll take some measure of credit for its success. (But don't ask me for a share of the prize money -- you know how cheap these award competitions for journalists can be.)
Unless you are a celebrity and can write down what you had for lunch and call it a blog, It is no easy thing to write a daily weblog. As columnist Jonathan Alter once said, to truly write a blog right would take a monumental amount of time. He was right. It took a ton of time just to post my decidedly imperfect entries here almost every day. And there were many days when I wished I had more time -- or simply more energy -- to post twice or to add to an existing post. I will try harder next time.
Now I'll focus on my CourtWatch columns for CBSNews.com and my weekly horse racing column, which recently won a John Hervey Award. (I've also had some conversations with folks at other outlets about bringing the Bench over there. So I hope we'll be able to continue the conversation through another year, another presidency, another Supreme Court term, another O.J. trial.)
Thanks again for taking the time to read my stuff and for writing comments. Even when you disagreed with me -- even when you were nasty -- you were involving yourself in a process that can help change the way America chooses its leaders, its officials, its policies and its practices. And that's a good thing. Take care.
By Andrew Cohen |
January 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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