Overlawyered celebrates its 10th birthday today. I disagree with many of Walter’ Olson’s views but we have a lot of common ground, too. I read his blog almost every day as do a lot of others who, like me, share a different philosophy on many issues.
Really, one of the nicest compliments you can give a writer is that you listen to what the writer has to say even when you disagree with it. I feel the same way about, for example, George Will and Charles Krauthammer. I think all of us need to keep in mind that on a lot of issues of our day, someone smarter than us disagrees. And, with Walter, you always feel you are getting his thoughtful views as opposed to a knee jerk “party platform” opinion. One good example: Sonia Sotomayor. I don’t know how much Walter agrees with her on issues of our day on which reasonable minds differ that will be before the Supreme Court, but those differences did not change his analysis. Too many of us try to solve the equation after we already know the answer. Walter comes up with his own answer by doing his analysis and forming a conclusion, as opposed to forming a conclusion and then doing the analysis.
Happy 10th Birthday Overlawyered!