(Boo! Hiss! Consternation!
You’ll be missed TAO…you’re always welcome back… – promoted by Cool Cal)
Back in January of 2007, I took an open-ended sabbatical from professional politics due to a combination of factors which were in part political, professional, & personal. I joined Red Mass Group (RMG) a few months later as a way to keep myself engaged with the outside world. As I said at the time: “I like the idea behind Red Mass Group & I hope I can contribute something to this blog, to the state GOP & to Massachusetts itself.”
As my second year at RMG comes to a close in a few days, I must with profound regret inform the RMG community that I’ll no longer be an active blogger after April 1, 2009. The economic crisis we’ve experienced thus far has affected almost everybody we know. In my case, I no longer have the time to provide the kind of detailed diaries & responses I’ve written at RMG for almost two years. I now have to focus on issues that have been exacerbated by the economic crisis. If push comes to shove & the crisis demands a new wave of leaders, I may heed the counsel of a few close friends/advisors & get back into professional politics – up to & including a run for office. Frankly, such a thought is unappealing to me but even more unappealing is the real prospect of socialism permanently disfiguring our constitutional republic. I can’t – & won’t – stand for that.
I’d like to thank Patrick Johnson for creating RMG & providing a great forum for Republicans/conservatives/libertarians to comment on news, debate important issues, or even gossip about the fun stuff in life. Kudos too to EaBo Clipper for taking over RMG & building on the foundation established by Patrick. A special thanks also to Peter Porcupine & Wavemaker who greeted me with open arms as a response to my first diary back in April 2007. I made a lot of new friends through RMG (too numerous to mention in this space) & I hope we continue to maintain our respective relationships over the years to come. Lastly, I want to express my deepest thanks to the plurality of RMG bloggers who voted me the “Best RMG Blogger of 2008.” I’ll always appreciate & cherish your vote of confidence as a high point of my time here.
My only parting thought to RMG is to express my hope that this blog will 1) continue to stay true to its ideals on developing a stronger conservative/libertarian voice for Massachusetts; 2) avoid being an echo for the Massachusetts Republican Party by forcing the state GOP to live up to the ideals it professes for itself; & 3) develop a practical ideology & promulgate it statewide utilizing the best communications technology now available to the public. I would be very disappointed with RMG if at some point it decided to play it safe by being a non-critical lap dog of the state GOP while being a knee-jerk attack dog on ALL things Democratic.
Although my sabbatical now includes taking a vow of abstinence from writing on RMG, I’ll continue to check on the blog from time to time when the opportunity avails itself to me. I extend to the RMG Administrators my best wishes on their future endeavors. I’ve had a lot of fun here at RMG & I hope at some point in the not-too-distant-future to return as one of its regular bloggers. Until that happy moment occurs, ciao!