Yes, that’s right. After eight years and four months, three federal elections and tons of comments and posts, it’s time for me to fold this blog.
A good part of my decision is personal; after checking my blogging frequency, especially about federal politics, it looks like I no longer have the time nor the inclination to say anything substantive about our political scene. Certainly not anything that won’t sound like it already came out of the punditry echo chamber. (Four posts per month, which is what I seem to be doing these days, doesn’t really make for a viable political blog.)
Another part of it is the thinking that, after eight years, a certain milestone has passed. I think it can be argued that Canada’s conservative movement, thanks partly to Stephen Harper but also partly to the Blogging Tories and their particular niche of social media, has now become the mainstream. Certainly it’s now a viable alternative to the big-L Liberal narrative that dominated our politics for more than three decades. Add to this the notion that, thanks in part to conservative political blogging, two weak politicians were dispatched from the leadership of a moribund political party in the wilderness, and I think it’s fair to say a sense of “mission accomplished” can be enjoyed. For a while, anyway.
My intention is to keep this blog “on air” through the month of May, after which its associated account will be closed down. I still intend to hold on to the “phantomobserver.com” domain name; it may come back though not necessarily as a political blog. I might also look at writing about other topics, but we’ll have to see.