Happy Birthday to Jim Brady, 73.
1. Andrew Sprung on Obama's speech. And yes -- I noted the lack of GBA, too. Maybe Fallows got to him!
2. Jamelle Bouie on Obama's speech.
3. And Laura Sjoberg on networking at APSA. Good advice, as far as I can tell, although I'm probably the wrong person to ask. I'll toss in my two cents: keep in mind that if someone (an important scholar, a senior colleague, someone you took a class from in grad school) ignores you or otherwise doesn't seem to treat you as well as you hoped, it may well be that person's poor social skills, not anything at all about what he or she thinks of you.