Farewell to U.S. News

Starting next week, I'll be blogging at The American Conservative, whose thoroughly revamped website is set to launch soon.

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It's with a mixture of sorrow and excitement that I share the following news: Starting next week, I'll be blogging at The American Conservative, whose thoroughly revamped website is set to launch soon.

Why the sorrow? Simply, I'm going to miss contributing to U.S. News, which, thanks to the vision of editor Robert Schlesinger, has become one of the most consistently stimulating and interesting corners of the political blogosphere. Nowhere else on the Web can you find such a complete spectrum of intelligent liberals and conservatives—such a motley assortment of journalists, partisan activists, academics, and whatever it is you call people like me. Needless to say, I'll continue to be a daily-and-then-some reader of this site.

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But I'm excited, too, because The American Conservative is set to do likewise. The print magazine's motto says it all: "Ideas Over Ideology. Principles Over Party." Editorially, The American Conservative is planted firmly in the Anglo-American conservative tradition. Yet it welcomes complementary and even dissenting voices. The hope is to produce smart and lively debate, even at the risk of "cacophony," as the liberal The American Conservative contributor Noah Millman put it. It's a bold experiment, the chance to be a part of which I could not pass up.

To readers who tolerated, and perhaps even liked, what I had to say here, I invite you to join us over there.

More than that, though, I simply thank you for reading.

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