As I wrap up week one of the book tour for The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second ‘Clinton Era'”, I’ll be part of a great panel Sunday on CBS’ “Face The Nation” with John Dickerson after a Q-and-A with The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza at the Newseum Saturday afternoon. Then it is off to Colorado and The Centennial Institute’s Young Conservatives Leadership Summit, where I spend a week teaching a couple of hundred 16-20 year olds about the political history and current political condition of the U.S. before a weekend at the Western Conservative Summit where I speak Friday night and interview candidates like Governor Scott Walker and former New York Governor George Pataki on Saturday before returning to D.C. for one more round of The Queen talk. Vacation is the second half of July this year, exactly a year before the history-making “open convention” in Cleveland. (Looking more and more like it as states maneuver to advantage themselves and their favorite sons and daughters.)
On the election integrity front, my colleague Thor Hearne has been retained by the State of Virginia to defend the Commonwealth’s voter identification law. One of the reasons I joined Arent Fox a year ago was because of great election litigators and constitutional lawyers like Thor. All states have to take voting integrity seriously and Virginia has and Thor is the perfect lawyer to defend the Commonwealth’s choice to insist on photo identification when casting a ballot.