One door closes, another opens.
After about a year of doing political blogging at my friend Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog, Bob and I have agreed to end that arrangement. And today, I began blogging about politics at my friend Tommy Christopher’s Blog Daily Dose. My first piece is posted there now, about health care reform.
That’s the formal announcement and I could leave it at that – but that’s an emotional element to the whole thing, too.
Like a marriage that drags on, the blogging relationship with Bob and I should have probably ended a couple of months ago. Bob and I are both passionate advocates for health care reform but around the time it was revealed that the Obama administration had cut a deal with PhRMA a pretty major rift occurred between Bob and I.
Without getting into the wonky political details here, I was very unhappy about that deal and what I saw as the consequences of it. Bob actually thought the deal was good, smart politics and also took the Obama administration at their word that there was never a deal to begin with.
That rift was really echoed in the larger progressive blogosphere – some liberals are unhappy with President Obama’s performance on health care reform and some aren’t. I thought that this difference between Bob and I was symptomatic of that.
Bob took my disagreement a lot more personally. He felt (and still feels) very strongly about his position and didn’t much like me arguing against him on the blog that bears his own name. So there was a lot of heated discussion in public and private.
That’s when I should have left. Since August, I’ve been unable to write about health care reform with the worry of a huge blowup with Bob. And the hell of it is – Bob and I like each other. We’re friends and we agree about this issue, just not President Obama.
But I’m not faulting Bob. I should have left because I ended up censoring myself. I’ve written almost nothing about health care reform (except on Twitter) and done almost no heath care videos since August. I just lost interest.
Writing the piece for Daily Dose was the first time I’ve felt really free to write about health care in months. I can’t explain the feeling of freedom of not censoring myself; of not being worried that I was going to get in trouble for writing what I think.