Sean Hackbarth to Senate Republican Conference

Republican Senate Conference Online Communications DirectorCongratulations to longtime blogger Sean Hackbarth, who starts tomorrow as the Online Communications Specialist for the Senate Republican Conference. Sean worked briefly for the stillborn Fred Thompson presidential campaign and has worked in the PR/politics nexus since.

Moving from punditry into flackery is a strange transition, as it necessarily means a loss of independence and the ability to say what’s on one’s mind.  Relatedly, it also comes at the price of being perceived as less than fully candid.  On the other hand, it means an opportunity to get into the “arena” and leave behind those “cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

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  1. It’s about comparative advantage. I’ve been weblogging since 1999 without my punditry turning into something I can live on (but I’ve had a fun time at it). An alternative is helping others communicate better online. I figure I’ve learned a few things over the years and can help Republicans. It’s where more and more people are getting their news and information. Politicians have to go where the audience is and interact with them on their own terms. Many need some help, and that’s where I’ll come in.