Laffy leaves #TPC, moves to full-time!



Sometime back in 2007, my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter invited me to blog at his new site, which eventually morphed into The Political Carnival. Cliff left for greener pastures, and another dear friend, Paddy Kraska, and I took the reins and the site took off. We had such a great run together, placed in the top 100 political blogs according to the various blogsphere ratings agencies (out of millions!), and established TPC as an eclectic mix of Humor and Serious that continues to this day.

But when Paddy unexpectedly passed away (not long after my dad did),I went into a tailspin, and the blog underwent some major changes. It took me six months or so to find just the right combination of writers, writers who had huge Paddy shoes to fill, and who had to be more than just writers. They had to have passion, dedication, and heart.

Lwdgrfx and Sher came to the rescue, as did regular contributor David Garber. Nicole Sandler joined us, and TPC got back on its feet and started thriving again. But the same can't be said for its remaining co-founder, yours truly. The entire ordeal took a toll, one that I'm still working through.

My doctors wanted me to stop writing and "retire" from politics. Impossible. But I have tried every which-way to de-stress. Unfortunately, the responsibility of writing and managing a site 24/7 was still having negative effects on my health. I had to find a solution. That finally happened.  I made a really, really tough decision.

I will be leaving The Political Carnival and teaming up with Nicole Sandler at her site.

nicole sandler radio or not logo

We do at least one radio show per week together, plus we're very good friends, so it's a natural fit. I already have a "Laffy's Place" tab there, and that page is where my new digs will be whenever I feel compelled to post. I will now be able to concentrate more on my "real" life and doing radio (and maybe even get back to my BLUNT videos, who knows?) instead of posting so many articles on a regular basis, as I've done for the past seven-plus years.

Lwdgrfx and Sherry will continue on here at The Political Carnival. So please give them your support and readership as you always have. They simply rock. The TPC Facebook page will stay as is.

You'll be able to find me at Radio Or Not and as always, on Twitter (@GottaLaff) and Facebook (Gotta L. Aff).

I love you, TPC, always have, always will. But even more, I love our readers. Thank you guys, every last one of you, for all the love and support you've given me all these years. It is you who have kept me/us going, and hopefully still will. See you at Nicole's place!

end of an era

  • Harbor Guy

    Laffy...OH CRAP...I didn't know about Paddy...I feel very bad and sad...what a shock. I've been busy, busy, busy with things different from much Net stuff.
    This is way late but I send my deepest condolences...good luck with the new blogging.
    Harbor City, CA

  • Many many thanks, Kenny!

  • Kenneth Thomas

    Laffy, we'll miss you here. I will look for you at RoN! Cheers!

  • Kenneth Thomas

    Laffy, we'll miss you here. I will look for you at RoN! Cheers!

  • Thank you Ramona! Hopefully I'll see you over at RoN, and you'll also continue to check in with TPC. : ) xoxoxoxo

  • Well, damn. . But. . .Yay! Do what you gotta do, Laffy. And have fun doing it while you're at it. You deserve it, honey.

  • Ez, you totally do get it. Thank you so much! Come visit me at RoN after you pop in to TPC! xo

  • See you there, Katie! Love ya!

  • Oh WOW! Laffy! As a fellow blogger and manager of a site, I definitely know what you're talking about. Managing a blog is not an easy task and at times can be very stressful. Your leaving TPC is definitely a loss, but your health is more important. I hope your new gig at RadioOrNot is more relaxing. Enjoy! 🙂

  • KatieAnnieOakley

    Good luck to you, Laffy. You gotta listen to your doctors and your body. Will see you over at Nicole's site! Later from a gator!

  • Thank you!!

  • Jack Boardman

    Well... GOOD! It's been a hoot here. Kinda like the #Twitter, I'll just hafta not follow you wherever you go. #RadioOrNot

  • And you can still see my writing at Radio Or Not : ) Love ya Cos!

  • Nuh UH, Memo!

  • Good Luck, my sistah and see you on the air waves

  • Weemos POWER!

  • Yah huh, MEMO!

  • Hahah! I have about 10000. See you there!

  • Kevin P

    Hey Laffy, see you at the new site! What's one more bookmark?!

  • xoxoxo Weemos forever!!

  • Nuh UH!!

  • Frances R

    Lerve my weemos the mostest! xo

  • Frances R

    I will go wherever you go dear Laffy. Wishing you all the best on your new adventure. xo

  • No you won't. My contributions to the cause continue at Radio Or Not. I'm not leaving the blogosphere, just moving and cutting back a little. Thank you! See you at RoN! And keep reading TPC!

  • Aw, Seven, yeah, the end of an era indeed. Pop over to my Laffy's Place tab at RoN and say hi!

  • Teens!! OMG. Knowing them, you're probably bald by now from pulling your hair out. Write to me at FB!! Gotta L. Aff. xo

  • Squatlo

    I've truly enjoyed stopping by this blog (and will continue to check in), and will miss your contributions to the cause. Best of luck in your new gig, and I hope you thrive and prosper!

  • sevenish

    Whoa! Definitely the end of an era, Laffy. You and Paddy really took this blog and made it something unique and valuable. Best wishes on the new gig.

    I'll be enjoying the fine work Lwdgrfx & Sherry here going forward, as I have since they began contributing.

    A beginning is such a delicate time.


  • Kirsten Pedersen

    I have teenagers now! And a car. So I'm never home. Work has also been insane. I keep checking in when I have five minutes or so. I also never seem to be on Twitter anymore either. All my family has Facebook so I spend more time there.
    I miss you, sweetie. Love you and take care of yourself.

  • No Memers, I lever you MOAR!

  • KPed!!! Where in the world have you been?? Love you!!

  • Thanks Howey!

  • Lerve you more, Memo!!

  • Kirsten Pedersen

    Congrats on the new gig, Laffy. 🙂

  • I lerve you Memo!

  • Best of luck, Laffy.

  • Well duh, Memo. If you don't stalk me, who will?

  • I'll miss seeing you here, Memo. But I'm a good stalker. I'll find you at your new site.

  • Thanks Denis!! RoN is going to be great!

  • Denis Campbell

    Laffy, you will be missed here. My heart goes out to you. Wishing you all the very best in this next chapter!

  • Dave Fouchey

    My great pleasure lass my great pleasure. <3

  • Laddie, you're not just a friend, you're one of my BEST friends. Thank you always. <3

  • Dave Fouchey

    Congratulations Laffy Lass I truly hope this gives you a chance to recover Laffy inside. I know this has been hard for you and am pleased to see you find a way to remain creative while lowering the stress level. And as always I remain your friend and will be keeping an eye out for you! Peace and Hugs my friend.

  • BD, you've always been so sweet. Thank you!! I'll be writing occasionally over at RoN under the tab "Laffy's Place." I haven't set up there yet, but will asap.

  • Oh good! We're also trying to install Disqus comments there soon.

  • I won't stop writing, just cut down. I was down to 1-2 posts a day here, which for me, is like, nothing. But even that was too much. But I will tweet my links, so you will still see my writing out there from time to time. And thank you for the enormous compliment.

  • BrooklynDame

    Congratulations on your move, Laffy! Your insightful postings will be missed here but I'm glad to be able to follow you to your new, green pasture. Best wishes to you! Cheers.

  • RepublicanSwine

    Wow. I'm shocked. You had some of the BEST Posts out there. I always looked forward to them. Especially the Snark. You will be sorely missed 🙁 on TPC ! I guess I'll be listening to more Nicole. But I get wanting a life. Hope all the best on your new endeavor.

  • I'll be there as soon as wordpress gets me a password. So far, the system is slow...But I'll be there!

  • Much love, BT!! And thank you!

  • Well, I guess I'll have to change my activities too. I won't carry on without you dear Laffy. See you over at Radio or Not! You need to take care of yourself, I think this is a good move for you. It's pretty hard to get it back once you lose it, so keep it while you can!! Love you bunches <3 <3 See you there!

  • I know, it's a hard decision. But I need to do way less blogging and management stuff and concentrate on radio and my private life. I really appreciate what you said. xoxoxo

  • Best of luck to you! It sounds like an exciting new opportunity. This place certainly won't be the same.

  • Thank you both! TPC is in great hands!

  • antmousie

    A sad day for TPC, but the start of a new, hopefully healthier, chapter for Laffy. I'll still follow both. You and TPC have helped to make the madness, that is today's politics, bearable.

  • Chauncy Gardner

    Great Lose for TPC-Great Gain for RadioorNot