I really wasn't planning on posting again tonight. Some days it is like pulling teeth to find enough things to blog about. Other days, the floodgates seem to open and there isn't enough time to cover even a fraction of all the interesting stuff that is out there on the internet. Today has been a feast day with tons of stuff to read and post about. So I was planning to take it easy the rest of the night.
Then Dan Riehl had to go and post this.
While I've only been reading and writing blog-ish for two years, I have managed to figure out that Glenn Reynolds aka Instapundit is a Libertarian. And his seemingly now infamous premortem post – also see a follow up here – is precisely what one would expect from Glenn – his objective, non-GOP gobbling point of view.
I resent the hell out of it when I fight with Liberals and they call me a liar when I mention I'm an Independent and always have been, since initially registering as a Dem for one election 20 some-plus years ago.
I'm a conservative (whatever the hell that actually means, because it seems to mean different things to different people) – Glenn is a Libertarian. I know popular Right-side bloggers who aren't even political beyond the War on Terror.
The GOP and the DNC had a pass during 2004 because blogging was just being discovered as a valuable political tool and the battle lines were clearly drawn among bloggers they sought to prop up. By that, I don't mean they weren't worthy of it, but they were propped up in some cases because they were churning out precisely what the GOP and the DNC wanted people to hear and they were elevated to the MSM, in part, because they were natural allies of individuals already there. That didn't mean those alliances weren't going to one day strain.
Alliance is not what blogging is ultimately all about, unless of course one wants to start a GOP or DNC fetish site to simply spout out the usual talking points. How boring is that?
By and large, most bloggers are just voters engaged in self-publishing, not in publishing for the GOP or the DNC. And both major political parties in America would do well to figure that out sooner, as opposed to later. To paraphrase my Mother, if Instapundit is going to jump off a bridge, (not that I believe he is) am I? Maybe, maybe not. Der Commissar, on the other hand, apparently already did. And good for him, that's the freedom of individual choice. And that's why most of us are here. If I wanted to be a GOP mouthpiece, I'd go work for the GOP. I imagine it pays much better than this.
Please go over and read it all. Dan got me thinking about all the commenters here from the left who cheerfully ask, in their most outraged voices, how much I get paid for posting some opinion that they don't want to read.
The correct answer, which they won't or can't understand, is that I get paid nothing for any of this. I pay out of my own pocket. I also find my own items to post about, I don't belong to a super-secret mailing list like Kos has admitted using. I have a very few fellow bloggers who email me about posts they think might interest me – as I send emails to them when I think I have written something I think they will enjoy, or that I am proud of having written.
But I don't get paid. I don't spout a party line. I've never belonged to a political party in my life. I write approvingly of a Democrat like Joe Lieberman even though he and I would disagree – sharply – on a number of issues. I write disapprovingly about President Bush's stance on illegal immigration. I criticize the left wing because I happen to think they are out of control and foolish. I mostly ignore the far right except to say that I am not fond of Ann Coulter. I berate the slime that call themselves a church (that would be the Westboro folks).
What I am saying here is that I call things as I see them. You may or may not agree with me, that's fine. If you read here because I amuse you, that is also fine. If you read here to "keep an eye on the enemy", as one person has said he does, fine. If you don't like what I write, fine. Go elsewhere. You won't hurt my feelings. But Dan's point is something politicians might really want to consider:
I can only speak for myself, but I don't pony up however many bucks and hours a month it is to serve the GOP. And if they want this blog to be GOP friendly, than as I am a voter, they had better set to figuring out how it is they can best serve me.
I think that's good advice.
For both parties.