I have been involved in Republican politics since I was a kid in Hoover, Ala., in the 1970s. I have worked with and for some of the great Republican leaders of our time, including, from 1987 to 1991, White House Chief of Staff John Sununu and President H. W. Bush's campaign manager, Lee Atwater. After that, I could have opened a business called Difficult Personalities, Inc. If you were a challenging personality and needed a young, worried-looking yes-man to follow you around, I was your guy. Instead, I started a lobbying and public relations firm with my friend and another of my former White House bosses, Haley Barbour; it was just the two of us. Now we have grown to be BGR Group. Very smart people work there, and we now have overhead in Washington and London.
I had a long run on cable news, doing what I called half-cocked, formerly informed commentary. But you know what they say about TV, the camera adds 30 pounds and makes your hair look white. So now I am writing five days a week for The Post alongside Carter Eskew! Carter is smart, and he has great hair. I am a little intimidated. If this blog were The Partridge Family, he would be David Cassidy and I would be Danny Bonaduce. And for our younger readers, if this were iCarly, he would be Carly and I would be Sam. The only thing that will save me is that I will be commenting on sensible Republican positions and Carter can’t escape his hippie past and his liberal instincts. I expect him to be posting soon from an Occupy Someplace demonstration.
I live in McLean, Va., where I have a son and a daughter, and they are the best kids in the world.