When you've spent seven years building up the blog of a famous left-leaning think tank, maybe the only place it makes sense for you to go next is the office of a famous left-leaning politician.
His right-wing counterpart at the Heritage Foundation, Ericka Andersen, did not seem surprised by Think Progress editor Faiz Shakir's move to Nancy Pelosi's office, where he'll run the house minority leader's online operations, according to The Huffington Post's Sam Stein. As his biography on the Center for American Progress's website points out, Shakir has appeared on "MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and CNBC television, among other places," but he couldn't easily go to work for any of them as a reporter because his bias is pretty well established.
And yet, reporting and blogging is what he's been doing since he joined ThinkProgress in 2005, so Shakir's skillset tends in that direction. Fortunately for Shakir and his ilk, it's a skillset valuable not just to news organizations but to the people who spin them. "Taking over Shakir's role at Think Progress will be Judd Legum, who founded the blog before leaving to serve as research director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and then run for state office," Stein reports. So as you can see, there's already something of a revolving-door policy with the Democratic party.