I just didn’t know enough about the guy, nor was I willing to take the time to read all his thoughts to make an informed decision about him one way or the other. I will say that he had all the right enemies, and I would have loved to have seen the freak-out from the right during the Bush years if Mike McConnell had been denied his picks. I imagine the same folks who went after Freeman would have accused anyone who stood in the way of McConnell’s picks as “aiding and abetting terrorism.”
In the end, I guess the thing that surprised me the most is the behind the scenes power of the Tibet lobby. All this time I thought it was just Richard Gere.