Posted at DaveWeigel.com. Dave has been a source for IPR articles, has used IPR articles as sources, and has been a commenter here. He once notoriously described our atmosphere as “teargas-choked” during our coverage of snubgate. IPR extends Dave Weigel an offer to blog here, although it is not a paying gig for any of us, and we wish him the best in all he does.
Personally, I confirm Steve Gordon’s report that having Dave around adds value to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
at the start of December I am leaving reason magazine, my journalistic home since April 2006. You could not concoct a better 30 months to be the political reporter for America’s flagship libertarian journal. I was there when the Republican party hit the rocks in 2006 (and I’m afraid I helped cost Jeff Flake his committee seat). I covered the Ron Paul r3VOLution from start to… well, is it finished yet? I was there when Bob Barr joined the Libertarian Party, there when he became its presidential candidate, and there when he ended his campaign by blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.
It’s an amicable parting. Starting last week, I’ve been writing at The Economist’s Democracy in America blog. There are three Word files with freelance stories open in front of me, and there are e-mails about additional reporting gigs in my mailbox. And I get to keep living in and covering D.C., a much more pleasant place than it has the right to be thanks to people like Spencer.
UPDATE: In the comments, Dave clarifies that “I won’t be writing regularly for Reason or writing my column. I am no longer an associate editor. But as a contributing editor I’ll continue to write and blog (there) occasionally.” He also says that “Spencer is not my boyfriend. He’s a reporter who said something nice about me, so I was responding.”