I launched this blog on April 21, 2012 with the title of “Keep It Simple, Senator“. Its named was changed on April 26, 2014 to “The Political Bistro” to reflect its association with the start of the eponymous radio show on Seattle’s AM 1590 The Answer, which ran through November 2015 and continues sporadically (and, hopefully soon, more regularly) as a podcast.
Many posts pre-date the “start” of this blog and include things I wrote for other blogs, including SoundPolitics.com, where I was a major contributor from 2005-2008; articles I wrote for Seattle University’s campus newspaper, the Spectator; papers I wrote in high school and college; and other prose, poems and songs I wrote when the mood struck me.
When reading some of these older posts, please keep in mind that my views on some things (not to mention the quality of my writing) may have changed slightly or even drastically. (As Churchill is erroneously quoted as saying “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.”) Some of what has been posted has been edited for grammar and readability. However, the content was not changed. Editor’s Notes appear at the beginning of some posts with further explanation.