I apologize for the abrupt nature of this announcement, but today's article will be my last public column as a blogger. But, dear reader, do not despair, because I will be moving up to bigger and better things.
As of tomorrow, instead of writing the weekly offering of whimsical (some might say foolish) talking points for Democrats to consider when being interviewed by the media, I will instead be paid by the Democratic National Committee to write up this list for private distribution among all Democratic officeholders, as the official Democratic Talking Points Of The Week.
That's right -- they bought me out, because they loved the column so much (and also, I suspect, because they know that it'd be better for Democrats to get the list privately and officially, and -- importantly -- out of the public eye). I did fight, in the contract negotiations, for the right to continue (privately, of course) handing out the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week and the Most Disappointing Democrats Of The Week awards, but sadly I will have to include a member of the D.N.C. on the Awards Committee, and will (to keep the committee membership odd, thus avoiding ties) have to drop my cat as the official Decider Of Tie Votes.
I do have to give credit where credit is due, though. I would never have made this leap without the influence of one of California's senators, Barbara Boxer, who was quoted just last week by Rob Kall over at the Huffington Post on this very subject:
Recently, [the article's author] told Barbara Boxer the members of the senate [sic] needed to work on better word framing on the issues they were advocating. She replied that she was depending on the progressive media to help.
This innocent query by Kall led, with blinding speed, to the D.N.C. realizing how intelligent and stunningly obvious Senator Boxer's idea was. And when they looked around the progressive blogosphere, they soon found that such framing advice was being liberally (pun intended) offered up every week here. Which lead immediately to contract negotiations, which (I have to quite immodestly admit) were pretty one-sided, since they were so desperate to retain my services.
For instance, I also managed to get them to agree that I could more than adequately do the job from out here on the West Coast, rather than be subjected to living in Washington, with all the hellacious weather that requires (see: February, August). Instead, the D.N.C. has promised they will all get up three hours later, and work later into the evenings, to accommodate the Pacific Time Zone nature of my work.
I will of course, be lavishly compensated for this work, but (sadly) I had to agree to stop my public blogging, as the very thoughts in my head will now be the legal property of the Democratic National Party. I consider this a tradeoff worth making, because I will acquire, in exchange, the ability to beam my thoughts directly into certain Democrats' heads. Some pundits may brag about their access to certain White House advisors and leaders of Congress, but now I will have these people on direct mental linkup (on Pacific Time, of course). I will, however, be denied access to President Obama's brain itself, for national security reasons. Probably a good thing, as I'm sure many would agree (detractors and supports alike).
But this means that today will be the last calendar date that new columns will be appearing on chrisweigant.com, fridaytalkingpoints.com, obamapollwatch.com, and under my name over at huffingtonpost.com. I fought hard to be able to continue my monthly poll analysis, but even the Obama Poll Watch columns will sadly have to cease.
So, dear readers, I sincerely thank you all for your support over the past few years of blogging, as you have made it all worthwhile, and in return I certainly have tried to never deceive you in any way in what I have written, right up until today. I've tried to live up to my self-imposed brand of "reality-based political commentary," and will now be providing this service where it can do the most good. To read more of my writing, other than the odd web or television ad I script for general release by the D.N.C., I'm afraid you'll just have to get elected to office as a Democrat.
'Tis a far, far better place I go to, and a far, far fatter paycheck, so do not grieve for me in any way on this auspicious date. Thanks, once again, for all the wonderful support you've given over the years, and let us end by saying (as the French are wont to do) not "adieu" (or, "goodbye"), but, rather, the more poetical traditional French phrase:
[End Note: if you are a true supporter of mine, you simply must click on the above last-ever link, as a tribute to the final column ever to appear on this website.]
-- Chris Weigant
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