For the last couple of years, I have been honored and privileged to be a part of the superb Politics Daily team. It is with some reluctance that I announce my imminent departure from PD for The Daily Caller.
PD remains a unique place on the Web, where diverse and often nuanced opinions are welcomed and encouraged -- and where civil debate over incredibly serious (and occasionally trivial) political ideas and news takes place on a daily basis.
But while I have loved my tenure at PD, recent news that AOL had acquired The Huffington Post -- and that Arianna Huffington would become editor in chief of many AOL sites -- alarmed me.
I've met Ms. Huffington exactly once -- on the set of "Nightline's" election night coverage. She could not have been kinder. Additionally, I have even authored an article or two for her site (on tech issues) over the years. This is all to say that I have no personal issue with Ms. Huffington, and that I am not a "Huff-hater."
However, writing a guest post is different from working for someone, and it occurs to me that AOL has vastly underestimated the public perception (I would argue the accurate impression) that Huffington is a far-left liberal.
Obviously, I am more than happy to write for a mainstream news outlet where differing opinions are allowed to flourish, but I am less comfortable with the notion of being permanently affiliated with an overtly left-of-center (sometimes activist) outlet.
As a conservative (albeit, an admittedly iconoclastic one), it is vital that I maintain the freedom to call them like I see them.
Other conservatives or libertarians might make a different call, and I would not disparage them for doing so.
I am incredibly blessed to be joining a terrific organization in The Daily Caller. I look forward to learning from its founder and editor in chief, Tucker Carlson, and working alongside the terrific team he has assembled. The Daily Caller and Tucker Carlson personify iconoclastic conservatism, and so I am hopeful I will quickly fit in.
You might be wondering why I'm telling you this now. The plan -- as of now -- is for me to remain here at PD for a couple of weeks before officially moving on in March. But rather than writing my farewell post on my last day (as is typically how such matters are handled), I wanted to write about this today. (That may make this a bit premature, but it is because of you -- the readers -- that all of us here have the honor of writing about politics, and therefore you deserve to know.)
I will miss PD, and I am forever indebted to the entire PD team -- especially Editor in Chief Melinda Henneberger and Executive Editor Carl Cannon. These are incredibly kind, smart, and classy folks, and it has been an honor to work for them and to learn from them.
As someone who began as a blogger (not a reporter), it has been incredibly rewarding to work alongside some of the top journalists in America, and to learn from people with such journalistic credibility and writing chops.
To paraphrase and conflate a couple of recent farewells: Good night and good luck. I'm taking my talents to South Beach!
(* Though a "farewell" column, this isn't my last post for Politics Daily.)