It's been fun
I've been hoping for the past six months that I would be able to find more time to devote to SC, but unfortunately that does not appear to be likely for the foreseeable future. At the same time I've become increasingly tired of online political discussion in general, which now feels repetitive and predictable. I very much support the mission of SC and would like to see the site continue to grow, but I don't think I'm currently in a position to be an administrator/editor/contributor.
I would like to finish up a few loose ends -- I want to write another post addressing sanctions, another post on race in the 2008 elections, and maybe something else here or there. After I finish up I'll probably still drop in here and there. I'll do whatever I can to assist SC behind the scenes.
Thanks to everyone I've argued with, agreed with, or learned from. This is a unique blog with many insightful posters spanning the political spectrum. I look forward to seeing it continue to evolve. If you will permit the liberty of a few reflections, I'd emphasize that SC is like a friendly neighborhood bar -- you can disagree vehemently without being disagreeable, and at the end of the day go home friends to come back to argue again tomorrow. SC works best, I think, when we're not too quick to assume we're correct, and when we're each willing to stay dispassionate and avoid personal jabs even in the midst of heated debate.
Anyway, this isn't really goodbye, like I said I'll be around (sans admin hat) for at least a little while, but I wanted to let people know as soon as I had decided. I know the site is in good hands, and it's been a pleasure to write here for the past several years.