We were so lucky to have had Adam Schiff join us for a second time!
It was just as wonderful as the first time, a real delight once again, but in a totally different way.
Patrick (Adam Schiff’s chief of staff) and I had talked for about 20 minutes last Tuesday, and although he didn’t say it in so many words, I came away with the feeling that maybe we should shake things up for the second zoom, making it looser and edgier, with Adam getting to interact with more people. More questions, shorter answers. I asked Patrick whether he thought Adam would love that or hate that, and his immediate answer was “Let’s do it.”
So Curt and I put our heads together and decided that if what Adam wanted this time around was FUN and more interaction, that’s what we would give him. So we completely revamped the plan for the zoom with Adam and jumped off the cliff together.
Curt wondered if they might have felt comfortable going for more fun and more interaction this time around precisely because the first meeting had gone so well, with thoughtful questions and all of us on our best behavior. I feel pretty certain that Curt was right about that.
Once again, Curt (Almost Retired) did a masterful job of facilitating the conversation, even as people were free to jump in without being called on. We made sure to give MomSense a chance to ask what I’ll call “the dad question”, which turned out to be a most excellent question because Adam lit up when she asked it.
And, yes, there was profanity this time. Not to worry, Cole, Adam Schiff wasn’t swearing at us! But he was the one who dropped the F-bomb as part of a story. So we made him an honorary jackal!
And best of all, he volunteered that he would love to come talk with us again, thanked us for everything we are doing with our targeted fundraising for boots-on-the-ground organizing, and said we shouldn’t wait for another book to get together again!
In the spirit of a “party” rather than a “talk”, I went with the gallery view rather than speaker view for zoom, so that’s what you see in the video.
Oh, I should probably mention that the video doesn’t include the first couple of minutes where I welcomed Adam Schiff and posed the initial question to start us off. I warned you guys that I am not good at remembering to start recording! Of course, now that I know how to trim a recording, I guess it doesn’t matter if recording is turned on early before the event officially starts.
Our final Book Club zoom will be tonight at 8pm. No live-blogging since we don’t have a guest – it would be tough to live blog a 90-minute discussion without a guest speaker.
We will hold two final BJ book club threads – one this weekend and one next weekend.
Maybe we can do Jamie Raskin’s book next? I think he and Adam Schiff are buds, and maybe Adam would be willing to put in a good word for us. Jamie Raskin is someone that a lot of us admire; wouldn’t it be wonderful if he were willing to come talk with us?