I had the pleasure of meeting and shaking hands today with John Edwards, candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. President, at a private reception at Levin, Simes, Kaiser & Gornick in San Francisco. He is a very articulate and compelling candidate, and I agreed with pretty much everything he said. As a die-hard Democrat (there, I've said it), I was impressed with him but remain intrigued by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Thanks again to Jim Sturdevant for co-hosting and inviting me to the reception. Meeting someone like Edwards in person is always an interesting and memorable experience.