Welcome to Steven Hayward

As you probably know, Paul Mirengoff has taken a leave from blogging and has, for now anyway, resigned from the Power Line masthead. We’ve decided to fill the hole left by Paul’s departure by recruiting a series of guest posters. The idea is that we will have one or two like-minded writers posting, along with Scott and me, for periods loosely expected to be a few weeks to, perhaps, a month or two.
So today we want to welcome our first guest contributor, Steven Hayward. Steve is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; here is how that site describes him:

Steven F. Hayward writes on a wide range of public policy issues. He is the author of the Almanac of Environmental Trends, and the author of many books on environmental topics. He has written biographies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and of Winston Churchill. Mr. Hayward is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. He contributes to AEI’s Energy and Environment Outlook series.

For his first Power Line post–perhaps as a counterpoint to Paul’s finely nuanced accounts of English Premier League soccer games–
Steven has chosen to write about a monster truck rally he attended yesterday. That post is immediately below. Welcome aboard, Steve!