Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Who is Robert Stacy McCain?

Glad you asked! I've been meaning to write one of these "who is" posts for about . . . oh, forever. But I kept putting it off, because writing about me has never been something I was good at. Between August 1987 and January 2008, I changed employers exactly once. Why? Because I hate writing resumes and filling out applications. It feels like bragging.

I'd much rather just do the work and get credit for that, than to spend my time composing self-glorifying profiles of myself like some kind of ambitious arriviste social-climber. However, since you're interested, here's the thumbnail bio:
  • Born in Atlanta in 1959, grew up in Douglas County, Ga., graduated from Jacksonville (Ala.) State University in 1983.
  • Started journalism career in April 1986 at the 6,000-circulation weekly Cobb News Chronicle in Austell, Ga., earning $4.50 an hour as a staff writer. Next worked (Dec. 1986-July 1987) as a sports editor for the Marietta, Ga.-based Neighbor Newspapers. Sports editor for the twice-weekly Calhoun (Ga.) Times, September 1987-May 1991. Transferred to News Publishing Company's flagship daily, Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune, in June 1991, where I worked for special projects/editorial page editor Pierre Rene-Noth.
  • In 1996, I was awarded the George Washington Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for my series of columns on the controversial National Standards for U.S. History.
  • In November 1997, I was hired by The Washington Times as an assistant national editor, and subsequently became editor of the newspaper's "Culture, Etc." page.
  • During my years at the Times, I developed a knack for producing feature profiles of prominent personalities. I interviewed such notable newsmakers as John Stossel, David Horowitz, Peter Jennings, Wendy Shalit, Ronald Radosh, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Tammy Bruce, Andrew Breitbart, William J. Bennett, Phyllis Chesler, Ward Connerly, Michael Savage, Roger L. Simon, Dinesh D'Souza, L. Brent Bozell III, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and Cal Thomas.
  • When former President Ronald Reagan died in June 2004, I was the guy assigned to write the memorial article that appeared as a special feature in The Washington Times.
  • In 2006, my old friend Lynn Vincent (World Magazine) and I co-authored Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party, the most complete history of its kind ever written. It was praised by David Horowitz as "irresistible," while historian Thomas Woods hailed it as "relentless and stunning." And the MSM politely ignored it.
  • Since I've got a face for radio, I'm not one of those celebrity pundits whose thumbnail bio includes ". . . has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, VH-1, Home Shopping Network . . ." I've made exactly one appearance on C-SPAN2's Book TV, but I've done a ton of talk-radio, and have recently begun doing weekly spots on the G. Gordon Liddy Show.
  • In January 2008, I resigned from The Washington Times. My reasons for resigning were multiple. I had been contracted to work on a book-research project that required me to travel to Africa, and it was very difficult to fit that project into my work schedule at the newspaper. Then one day, it was announced that (a) Wes Pruden would retire as editor, (b) managing editor Francis B. Coombs would resign, and (c) John Solomon would take over as executive editor of the newspaper.
    People whose judgment I trust assured me that Solomon was a good guy. However, he came from The Washington Post and, as one of my co-workers remarked to me when this news was announced, "If I'd wanted to work for a Postie, I would have applied at the f---ing Post." I despise the Washington Post with every cell of my being, nearly as much as I despise the New York Times, a contempt quite sufficient to encompass every person who has ever been associated with those institutions of evil.
    Also, it occurred to me that, over the next 90-120 days, Solomon would be evaluating the productivity of the newsroom staff, during a period when I'd be bogged down with the book project. So I could quit now, and leave on good terms, or risk being s---canned at some point in the future. After consulting with my wife and praying together earnestly, I decided I needed to quit or, as I said at time, "God said, 'Go.'" And I went.
  • Yes, I said "praying together earnestly." Wretched reprobate though I may be, yet I know that God is merciful and gracious to those who love Him. I acknowledge Him too rarely, and disobey Him too often, and if you're looking for a Christian role model, please don't look at me. If asked to describe myself by denomination or theology, I'd say "Bible-thumping hillbilly holy roller." I'm a backslid Baptist married to a Seventh-Day Adventist, but I'm basically a hard-shell Calvinist who leans on The Word (see Romans, Chapter 8) and doesn't much care for legalism or the Theology of Niceness that has infested the evangelical movement in recent years. Martin Luther, John Calvin, Oliver Cromwell and Jonathan Edwards did not subscribe to the Theology of Niceness.
  • After returning from Africa and ending my research project, in March 2008 I began blogging regularly, concentrating on the presidential campaign, which I also covered as a reporter/columnist for The American Spectator and Pajamas Media. My reporting on the Libertarian Party convention in Denver was praised by Rocky Mountain News columnist Dave Kopel as "the best national coverage" of that event.
  • I've recently begun writing a series of columns on love, sex and marriage for Taki's Magazine. This has raised some eyebrows among my neoconservative friends, given that Taki Theodoracopulos is known as one of those "Unpatriotic Conservatives" famously condemned by David Frum. Well, politics is politics. Many of my dearest kindred are Democrats -- including my cousin Pepper Ellis Hagebak, columnist for the LaGrange (Ga.) News -- shall I repudiate them? If Taki, who has been relentlessly smeared as an anti-Semite, is willing to pay for contributions by the man considered Most Likely to Become First Gentile Prime Minister of Israel, should not he be praised and admired for his generous tolerance of a bloodthirsty Zionist like me? As I once explained to Rod Dreher, I write for money, and when God answers prayer, a wise man ought to consider that the answer may involve a lesson.
  • On Feb. 13, 2009, my cumulative traffic passed the 1-million hits milestone, which inspired the semi-humorous celebration, "How to Get a Million Hits on Your Blog in Less Than a Year," the surprising popularity of which has given me a nice boost toward my second million hits. Learn it, love it, live it.
  • I am one of the most accessible people on the blogosphere. E-mail me, Facebook me, Twitter me. As we used to say in college, "Hit me, beat me, get me drunk and rape me, make me write bad checks and call me Helen." I've been abused by the best, so be advised that your idiotic troll-flames are incapable of damaging a two-time "Malkin Award" nominee. You can come after me any way you want, but be advised that you're messing with the Ninja master of ad-hominem invective. And the comments are moderated, assholes.
  • The "racist" smear. A long, long story that began on May 9, 2000, when I published a news feature with the headline, "Researchers Say 'Watchdogs' Exaggerate Hate Group Threat." When the smears started, my bosses decided that the best response was a non-response. The smears were thus elaborated year after year on the Internet, errors compounding on lies with additions of libels and distortions, like a metastasizing cancer.
    Had I been permitted to respond initially in my own defense . . . well, "if" is the largest two-letter word. Trying to unravel it all at this late date would be a waste of time and energy.
    Along the way, I've discovered the amazing professional value of a bad reputation. Being notorious is not the same as being famous, but it's better than being anonymous. The harm to my career and my reputation was more than recompensed by the acquisition of virtuous character attributed to A Man Who Has The Right Enemies -- the same parasitical assassins who attack me have also attacked inter alia Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, Mark Steyn, Kathy Shaidle and other worthy souls more eminent than myself.
    At this point, if it pleases anyone to think of me as a neo-Confederate white supremacist xenophobic bigoted nativist hatemonger, the accusation is too delicious to deny and if anyone wants the full explanation, they can pay me for it. (I write for money.)
  • Speaking of money, it has from Day One been my thought that blogging is a capitalist enterprise. I joke a lot about my financial plight -- the ACORN protesters are trying to keep the repo man from towing my car -- but it is nonetheless not a joke that I have to earn a living for myself, my beautiful wife and our six children. So . . .
    Hit the tip jar. Or buy an "Ordinary American" T-shirt. Or, when I link a book from my Amazon Associates account, buy the book and know that a small percentage of the purchase price will be paid to me as a commission. I'm a shameless tip-jar rattler, and don't mind asking for the cash. (It's For The Children!)
    Once upon a time (and I was a loyal Democrat back then) I worked briefly as a DJ in a strip joint on Atlanta's Fulton Industrial Boulevard, and if things got slow, I'd announce between songs, "Guys, if you ain't tippin', the ladies ain't strippin'! So get up off your a$$, pull out some cash, get up to the stage and put something green in the lovely lady's garter!" A man can learn more about pure capitalism working in a strip joint than he'll ever learn at Harvard Business School.
OK, so that's it. I'm Old School in the New Media. I'm available for freelance assignments, communications consulting, public speaking engagements, karaoke parties, weddings, birthdays and bar-mitzvahs. I might come back to expand or update this later, but I must conclude with a legal disclaimer required by the Blogger Board Of Ethics:
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Who Is Frequent Commenter Smitty?
No one really knows the answer to this question. Way back when this blog was nothing, Smitty started popping up regularly in the comment fields. Then one day, a man in a bowtie appeared at a Heritage Foundation event, and introduced himself as Smitty. Given permission to post as an admin, on only his second post, he did a reference to Cthulhu that earned him an Instalanche. With that kind of track record, it's probably only a matter of time before he demands a cut of the tip-jar proceeds. At which point . . . well, let's not think about that doomsday scenario, eh?


  1. That is a lot of words to say that you are a great drinking partner.

  2. Nice description of a man who just needs to put on a white suit and can pass for Tom Wolfe anywhere in NYC!

  3. regarding "notorious" being better than "anonamous", Groucho Marx said it better: "It's better to be wanted for murder than not to be wanted at all".
    But then, Groucho said everything better.

  4. Interesting comment from the frig, did I say frig, I meant fringe. (must be hungry)

    While I doubt we would agree on much of anything, your right to free speech is inviolate. Best wishes

  5. I'm really liking you! I'll have to study you a bit more...LOL...

  6. Love your blog - but why do you have a progressive ad on it? Why take money from a company run by the same lunatic who is supporting Obama's "grassroots" pro-helathcare reform efforts?

  7. Love your blog - but why have Progressive ad on it??

  8. Just discovered this blog and love it. Glad to know there are others out there that think the whole friggin world is off its rocker and bone headed stupidity is the "new" smart. I been needing some new T-shirts. Don't take no crap off em. They can sure as hell kill ya but they can't eat ya...that's against the law.

  9. R.S. McCain - the sole recipient of the "What the hell is that guy doing here" man of the year award. A man who can close down a bar, sing karaoke, and debate the merits of our social security system until 5 in the morning and still get his fully edited story in on time. God Bless you my friend.

  10. Quoted from at:
    in the THAT'S THE SPIRIT section.

  11. Geez, just found you.

    Anyone who can make me laugh this early in the morning is okay with me.

    I'll be back.

    God bless America!

  12. We are many, and you are one, so how does just one voice in the crowd get your attention? I'm an advocate of good causes that embrace most of yours, but go a bit deeper and farther, and look toward victory, not just verbosity, but have none of the bone fides that you have to help me pursue them. If I had your connections, and you had my ideas we could remake the world. But as it is, our chances of even meeting much less discussing a merger are, I figure, about zero. Unless.... RobertFounder@Gmail.Com

  13. I have taken the liberty of linking to your Mary Jo Kopechne Memorial post on the occasion of Ted Kennedy's passing. You're a daily must-read in my book. Keep up the good work, Mr. "Other McCain".

  14. If I can't be first-best I'll damned well be first-worst. It really doesn't matter as long as I'm getting attention.

  15. Sorry not to have an ID, not registered as a nutjob.

    A year ago, I was talking with a 'conservative' on the topic of Enhanced Interrogation. I stated that it was simply against our priciples. He asked me if I would die for my principles. Liberals tend to stand on principles.

    You guys, on the other hand, are hot air. Bush can rip the Constitution to shreds, but somebody even hints at taking away your loud toys and you fill your diapers and start screaming revolution.

    Where were you when people started to die to keep 'WMDs' from Saddam?

  16. I blame the humanistic, communistic controled public school system for your erudite vocabulary.
    What I like about death is that Democrats die. We all know Jesus was conservative and believed in the death penalty even death on the cross (Romans)
    He was also an advocate of blogging "By your words you are justified by your words you are condemened" Matt 12:37 Can we all bow our head in prayer...

  17. Don't look now, but you're being brought into the smears against Sarah Palin!


  18. You've got me hooked with the NY-23 coverage! Great job!

  19. This is the kind of blog my dead mother wouldn't let me read. But I think you're "swell." Just as long as you and I agree Obama is public ennema #1, I'll keep checking in. Meanwhile, catch my act "On My Watch...The Writings of SamHenry at samandimp.wordpress.com. I don't bite but I tend to come up on people at the end of a paragraph and scare the hell out of 'em. SamHenry