Time to move on

By Brian S

19310_243bAbout a year ago, Vincent (Too Conservative) put out a call for additional contributors to Too Conservative. Having been a long time reader and commenter, I volunteered my services. I’ve had a lot of fun blogging over here at Too Conservative, and it’s given me both a platform for my opinion and the opportunity to meet dozens of great people, many of whom have become close friends.


But like any good guest invited in, it’s always important to know when to take your leave. That time for me is now. This will be my last post on Too Conservative as a contributor. It’s time for me to move on.

One of my law professors noted recently that all lawyers tend to be control freaks. This includes future lawyers like myself. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten frustrated at times with some things on the site – largely technical (still can’t get spaces between paragraphs without work arounds!) but a few that were more fundamental. I’ve always been vocal about my opinions and willing to defend them, but I’ve also been constrained in the knowledge that this was not my blog. Instead of remaining frustrated, I’ve decided to strike out on my own. As many of you know, I’ve begun my own blog, Common Sense. I hope that my readers here will take a few moments and add the new site to your roster of places to visit.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank a few people. First, of course, Vincent Harris, for the opportunity to blog here. I’d like to thank my co-contributors VA Blogger, Loudoun Insider and Cato the Elder – they’ve helped make the site what it is and bring in the stories that build a readership. I also have to thank that readership – from those who I’ve often agreed with, like NoVAScout, Lovettsville Lady, Bulletproof Monk, Ric James, Tito and Debbie Munoz and others to those who I’ve had plenty of arguments with, like James Young, Dan, Loudoun Lady, Sally, and many, many others. Getting into arguments and debates with all of you has been a great way to talk and think about politics and has gotten me through many a long day of work and longer night of studying. I’d also like to thank a few fellow bloggers – namely Ben Tribbett of Not Larry Sabato for his advice and sense of humor, J.R. Hoeft of Bearing Drift for his support, Chris Beer of Mason Conservative for giving me a lot of topics of convesation with friends and keeping me up to date on UFC, and Lowell Feld for showing me how not to run a blog.
I also want to thank the elected officials and party leaders I’ve gotten to know through the site, including Delegates Tim Hugo, Mark Keam, Jim LeMunyon, Barbara Comstock, Scott Surovell and Bob Brink, Supervisors John Cook and Pat Herrity, and current and former party leaders Glen Caroline and Anthony Bedell. It has been great working and discussing issues with you and I look forward to continuing to do so in the future at Common Sense.
Thanks again everyone and I look forward to seeing you all on the new site!



  • Dan says:

    Good luck to you, Brian. And good luck with the new blog. I’ll be sure to check it out.

  • Nice post Brian. I’ll be sure to post a link on my site.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Brian, I can’t believe I was listed as a protagonist! Funny, looking back I think I principally agree with you on many things, but disagree with you on the specifics.
    I’ll come over and harrass you at Common Sense. Take Luck!

  • Chris says:

    Brian, you know your taking almost all the readership of this blog with you, right?

    And UFC 116 is July 3, fyi . . . 🙂

  • Gretchen Laskas says:

    It’s important to me to know what Republicans are thinking, and how they are talking to each other about their ideas (and occasionally how they deal with Democrats who pop in from time to time). This has always been one of my favorite conservative blogs (who knew Loudoun County was so exciting?) and I’ll look forward to adding Brian’s to my reading list.

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Love your new joint! Looking forward to lots of fun there! You are one classy guy.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    I will head over and check out your new digs Brian. You will be missed here.

  • Brian S says:

    Thanks everyone. Between work, school, the new blog and my son (who should be here any day now – I hope he hurries up!) I just don’t have time for two sites. Thanks for your kind words.

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Can’t wait to hear all the details of junior’s arrival into the world! We’ll be looking for pictures at
    http://www.novacommonsense.com/ There is nothing better in life than having children, especially baby boys!

  • Chris P says:

    Brian I will follow you on your new blog. I’ve always found you to be extremely sensible and pragmatic. My politics are to the right of yours and I find myself agreeing with Sally, Loudoun Lady, etc most of the time. However I always enjoy your well-reasoned analysis and I cannot recall ever disagreeing with your conclusions. Your temperment is exactly how center-right or moderate Republicans should go about dealing with conservatives on substance, not by attacks and personal insults.

    I’m disappointed that you listed NovaScout as someone you agree with, but at least you didn’t say BlackOut. Those two are the type of closed-minded knee-jerk obnoxiously sanctimonious moderates, that reflexlvely bash everyone to their right and who provoke RINO hunts and hurt the party.

  • sally says:

    Good luck Brian. Kids are a great fun adventure. You think you are going to teach them something, and somehow you are the one who is always learning.
    I know you are waiting for it, so here is my advice! things get harder, then they get easier, then they get harder, then they get much harder, then you get something amazing in return! Just love them no matter what, pray a lot, and it will work out!
    Will check in at your new blog…

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    I agree with Sally – it is a roller coaster with kids so enjoy the ride. The newborn moments are just that – moments. Treasure and enjoy them because they are fleeting, but don’t think for a second that every age and every “stage” does not have it’s highlights. Parenthood is a gift!

  • RichmondDem says:

    Good luck, Brian, I enjoyed reading your contributions, and unlike a lot of political bloggers (right and left) I never knew what your POV was going to be on a particular issue, you took a lot of independent stands.

  • Leej says:

    Then they drive ha ha ha 🙂

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