B-List Armstrong Williams…if that’s possible

Local-based columnist Joseph Perkins, who has made a career out of rewriting Heritage Foundation memos and submitting them as columns, is calling it quits:

Some of my friends wonder aloud if I am suffering some sort of “midlife crisis.” They cannot fathom, for the life of them, why I would retire, in my mid-40s, from my writing job at The San Diego Union-Tribune; why I would forfeit my nationally syndicated column.

Well, after nearly 15 years of daily deadlines, writing three to four editorials a week, in addition to a column, this seems as good a time as any to walk away from the grind.

As the latter-day philosopher Clint Eastwood famously stated: “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

As one of the San Diegans who has read Perkin’s columns religiously, we are well aware of his limitations. Facts and clear thinking come to mind.

I know there will be speculation in some quarters as to the “real” reason for my departure from daily journalism. Some will wonder whether I am the victim of some liberal coup at the Union-Tribune; whether I was “pushed out the door.”

Let me assure everyone concerned that I am leaving of my own volition. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life and career. And so is my lovely wife, Yolanda, who is taking early retirement.

We would never think that there was a “liberal coup” at the U-T, which just hired the somnambulant Reuben Navarrette to replace the shoved-out James Goldsborough, but I do have some questions regarding Perkin’s leaving since a marginal writer like himself who couldn’t even crack the Townhall line-up probably doesn’t have much in the way of prospects other than his freakshow quality as a conservative black man.


Perkins gives a shout-out to his buddies before leaving:

I owe a debt of gratitude to my loyal readers, in San Diego and around the country, for supporting my writings over the years. And to the folks at FreeRepublic.com, Lucianne.com and RealClearPolitics.com – my three favorite Web sites – for occasionally posting my columns and giving my writings an even wider audience.

Your overwhelming feedback, measured in e-mails and voice mails, reassured me that my conservative thinking on the range of subjects was not nearly as far out as my preponderantly liberal journalistic peers often suggested.

Yeah. The level-headed folks at FreeRepublic & Lucianne.com.

Put that on your resume…

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