First: Brian Shields has become the Sussex County Chair of the Libertarian Party of Delaware. I am inordinately pleased, because both knowing Brian and reading The Mourning Constitution convinces me that Brian understands marketing, understands the need for a wonkish grasp of local political issues, and has the detail-oriented staying power to build an organization slowly and thoroughly. Bad news: he's eventually going to have to buy a suit now.
Mike Matthews is considering getting out of the blogging game, because he perceives that Down With Absolutes might well have cost him a desireable job. Mike: you can't run away from the work you've done because it might offend potential employers. And you don't want to. What you really want to do is expend the energy and time to start a second, completely different type of blog (possibly even political but not necessarily) that highlights a different kind of Mike Matthews approach. Because what they need to know is that you're more than this century's answer to Hunter Thompson with a cable modem. You've said over and over again that we all take this form too seriously; well, a potential employer wants to know what happens when you do take it really seriously.
In reading the comments about Mike's potential departure at Delawareliberal, I couldn't miss jason's derisive comment about John Atkins and Colin Bonini choosing to address the Sussex County Community Organized Regiment, which may or may not be a brilliant political move, but it was this part that grabbed my attention:
As you may recall SCCOR is the secessionist SC group that wants to revolt against the Obama police state.
Now here's the problem: there is nothing even vaguely secessionist, or violent, or extremist in the material on the SCCOR website--and jason knows it. Are they so socially conservative that they'd think I'm one of the bad guys because I support gay marriage? Absolutely. Do I want to go trolling there for converts to the Libertarian cause? Not really. But these folks are American citizens--cranky, unlovely, and working hard within the system to elect the candidates they want to elect. Jason has every right to oppose their agenda and even to make fun of them. But when he knowingly lies about them in terms of lumping them into the same category as violent rightwing extremists, he does his own cause no good. Not good blogging.
This opinion, obviously, will upset the usual suspects.