Farewell to the Moose

The Bull Moose

I just got the word that Marshall Wittmann is shutting down his Bull Moose blog. The former director of communications for Senator John McCain, Marshall fashioned the Moose into a modern-day voice of Theodore Roosevelt’s True Americanism.

Ill-at-ease on either the right or left, Marshall consistently fought under the banner of Scoop Jackson — strong on national defense but sensitive to economic issues too often absent from the GOP.

Marshall is one of the rarest types you can find in American politics, imaginative, sharply intelligent, and independent.

The following words of the original Bull Moose aptly fit the current one:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

We wish Marshall good luck.

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