Firedoglake gave him an opportunity to put his brilliant, analytical mind to work, but more importantly it was where he could advocate passionately and vociferously and incisively for the convictions he held so deeply–a list you know well, I’m sure: smarter and more progressive policies, economic fairness, equality and justice under the law, power for the powerless, civic and social responsibility, and, in the words of fellow Berkeley-man Brad DeLong, for goodness’ sake, a better press corps.