Michael Wolff Loves the Freedom That Comes With Not Voting

'More of my colleagues ought to try it,' Wolff writes in his latest USA Today column.

It happened by accident.

As Michael Wolff explains in his latest USA Today column, his moves from one neighborhood to another, combined with a certain amount of laziness and difficulties with web voter registration, dropped him off the election rolls as a voter. Today, he extols the professionl freedom that he feels has come to be associated with this status:

While I don’t eschew opinion, I find not voting lets me at least roam freely over a rainbow of them. Voting—if I had to vote, I would have to be a Hillary person, which I would much prefer not to have to be—is necessarily reductive. Not voting, surprisingly liberating. I can be anybody I want on a given political day. …

True, it’s hard to be engaged in politics and not have a position, whether you admit it or not. But you might be surprised how much not voting lets a position become more fluid. And in fact makes you look at voters as people who, perhaps for the best of reasons, have not so much committed themselves as limited themselves.

Coincidentally, Wolff’s treatise comes on the heels of a Nov. 4 memo circulated by Los Angeles Times managing editor Marc Duvoisin to staff, in which the boss reminds that beyond the purview of commentators and contributors to the paper’s Opinion section, it is not OK to ‘add commentary or vent personal feelings’ when engaged in political discussions on social media. This has been the Tronc newspaper’s policy for some time.

Read the rest of Wolff’s column here and keep an eye on his Twitter account. He has already begun sharing some of the reaction from colleagues to his latest piece.