Michael Rappaport

I'm back inside the Beltway, where government and what it does seems to matter just a little more than it does in most of the country.

We're visiting our two government employee children -- both Foreign Service officers -- for Christmas, and staying at the home of my government employee brother.

I doubt I'll be posting too much the next couple of weeks, so my quest to catch James Joiner for the most page views will have to wait.

As we enjoy our vacation, I'll be doing my best to come up with some new insights on old issues.

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you in 2010.