A fond farewell to a good friend and colleague

posted at 11:36 am on April 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What do virtual-officegoers do on a colleague’s last day?  In my old days in a traditional office setting, we’d have a cake and maybe a luncheon, or get together for drinks after work.  Here in the virtual world, though, all we can do is write about the departure of a colleague and a friend.

Unfortunately, today is that day at Hot Air.  Our friend Tina Korbe joined us just short of a year ago, having come to us from the Heritage Foundation. In that time, Tina has written 1,370 posts for Hot Air — so far! — and has provided us a new perspective and a fresh voice for conservative analysis.  But Tina’s impact on us at Hot Air goes beyond just the written word.  I’ve had the privilege of working with Tina at events such as CPAC and the Ames straw poll, and have been fortunate to know her in person.  She has always demonstrated professionalism, energy, hard work, and a joyful attitude that made our jobs that much easier.

We’ve also become friends, which I know will continue after her departure today.  Whether it’s the “movie night” into which I harangued her and Guy Benson in Ames so that they had to sit through Zombieland, or the quiet dinner Tina shared with my wife and me at CPAC two months ago, I’ll miss hanging out with her at events (although I hope she’ll continue to attend a few of them).  I’m hoping that we’ll continue to tease each other on Twitter and exchange e-mails about the latest absurdities in politics.

Fortunately for Hot Air readers, Tina isn’t going away completely.  Her new job as the Policy Impact Director at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs will still allow her some time to post in our Green Room from time to time.  She will tell readers more about the new job herself in a post later today, but it will involve media relations as well as policy research, her strength and passion, so we’ll be hearing more from her in the future — and I’m betting not just in our Green Room, either.

Thanks for a great year, Tina.  Your virtual colleagues will be cheering you on as you move from success to success, and don’t be a stranger.

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Good luck, Tina! I enjoyed your posts and thought you were a great addition to HA. I’m sorry to see you go but you have to go where life takes you.

inmypajamas on April 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Smart, beautiful and ambitious. You will go far, Tina.

John the Libertarian on April 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM

But mostly I mean forced life.

Mitchell Heisman on April 21, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Forced life for people who do not want to live, or for people who do not have a choice?

Any adult who does not want to live will find a way not to live. What they do is taught as wrong by the Church, because God taught us that it is wrong…

Now, if you want to talk about murdering the unborn, or making Kevorkian style laws which allow people to kill other people legally, well, no, we aren’t going to go there.

In the Netherlands, where euthanasia is the law, it’s estimated that upwards of 1,000 people every year are murdered — which means that they wanted to live, but a third party didn’t want them to live and took advantage of the euthanasia laws. The Dutch call it “termination of the patient without explicit request”, and 1 in 10 Dutch doctors performing euthanasia have performed this activity.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8519.1993.tb00223.x/abstract

unclesmrgol on April 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Just got back on the internet in time to say goodbye to Tina.

God bless you, Tina. Keep the faith. Jesus Is Lord.
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Dang it, now who’s going to post all of the abortion related stories that are sooo much fun around here?

listens2glenn on April 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM

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