Today I am announcing that I am no longer going to be involved with writing opinion pieces about Florida or American politics.
Many of you may think that I have come to this conclusion because I am tired of the state of politics in Florida and the United States. And while I do think the state is pretty dismal, it is not the reason why I am not writing about it anymore.
As many of you know, my future goal is to be involved in domestic and international “elections”, but not necessary the “art of politics”. The idea is to provide unbiased detailed research on electoral data as well as offer scholarly writings regarding voter behavior and psychology in both the United States and throughout the world, particularly in Europe. In addition, I plan on being highly involved with election monitoring abroad, which might happen as soon as this summer.
The ability to be impartial (or non-partisan) when examining and monitoring international elections (or, in fact, domestic elections) is crucial in being successful in the field of international and comparative politics, as well as political analysis. Taking sides in partisan discussions does not help, and can actually hurt, one’s prospects in these fields. In the case of election monitoring, being impartial is extremely important, as well as being considered professional etiquette.
Therefore, I will no longer be writing opinion pieces about partisan domestic, or international, politics because it will not be appropriate while working in the field of international and comparative politics, as well as political analysis.
Even with that being said, The Political Hurricane will still continue, but in a non-partisan manner. The articles that I will be writing will either be examining election data or talking about the historical aspect of Florida or Florida politics. When doing my examination of elections, I will talk about partisan issues, but will not be giving any opinion or commentary on those issues. I will only use the issues in the context of the research discussion.
For those of you who have supported The Political Hurricane over the years, I want to thank you for your continued support. While we are changing our format, I hope that you will still visit this site. If you are still looking for in-depth political opinion pieces about Florida politics, I highly recommend Kartik’s new website The Florida Squeeze.
If I ever do wish to write about something in a partisan manner, I will more than likely do it anonymously with a submission at The Florida Squeeze. The only partisan thing that I will be doing (or write about under my own byline, but on another website) is my support for gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich, who I am endorsing today. From time to time, I might ask Kartik if I could write on the Florida Squeeze about why I support Senator Rich, but even that will be in a non-partisan manner, explaining why Senator Rich’s politics are good for Florida (by taking out the Crist or D vs. R debate).
Again, I want to thank all of you who have been coming to this website over the years, and I hope that you find the historical and analytic content interesting. Yes, we will lose a lot of people who aren’t into this stuff…but it is a sacrifice that needs to be made.