Why I Had to Step Away From Twitter, and Why I’m Back, Gringos

The evening of the election I decided to take down all the info and images on my twitter account, let it go dark, and walk away from twitter.

I hope I didn’t alarm anyone. I thought it was a good way to show just how devastating this election was to me personally, and to this country.

So I stepped away from the computer and started cleaning up. In the days leading up to the election I had built up an elegant castle of empty beer cans by my computer desk. My living room was a mess. The election had consumed a large part of my life, and I needed to just step away, cash some Koch checks, and recoup.

And sleep.

I knew that immediately everyone would blame everyone else, according to their ideological assumptions – social conservatives would say we didn’t go social enough, libertarians would say we did it too much, Ron Paulers would blame the chemtrails. I didn’t want to be a part of that. I knew most of it would just be emotional venting, and not much good would come of it.

When something this catastrophic happens, it’s best to step back, and not go with your immediate, emotional reaction.

So this is why my account went dark.

Now it’s been a week. And I’m back.

I had a lot of people demand I come back – I really appreciate it. It’s nice to be missed when you leave.

But while I was away I tried to read up on what happened in this election without commenting. It was good for me, and I recommend it any time you are faced with an enormous and devastating obstacle in your life.

So here are some conclusions:

Put these together, along with some other lessons from this election, and it’s not hopeless.

We can win this country back.

It will be difficult. We have a lot of odds against us.

But we’re Americans dammit.


It’s what we DO.


If you need some encouragement, read my drunken rant from the night before the election.  Also this from Rob Long at Ricochet

And if you need some laughter, listen to our podcast the morning of the election, we had a lot of fun.

I’m back, gringos.


[there are more twitter renditions of “Eye of the Tiger” to come!!!]