Reynoldistas?? Not Me!
I like and respect Rick Moran, so as I jump into this debate, I’ll preface it by saying it is the larger discussion I’m interested in and not slamming Rick’s post.
I have dubbed this group of GOP curmudgeons Reynoldistas after Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds whose “Pre Mortem” post on the election raised the hackles of many conservatives who felt the blogger was being a defeatist by listing the reasons for the GOP’s probable downfall. Reynolds makes it clear that he believes that the GOP deserves to lose while also saying that the Democrats don’t deserve to win. Is this defeatist? Or realism? Or, as Professor Reynolds claims, is it simply analysis?
The GOP, the GOP, the GOP … zzzzzzz According to some recent poling, party affiliation in the US runs about 33% D – 33% R – 33% I.
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.
As this revolves to an extent around Limbaugh, here’s a Limbaugh / blog story I haven’t seen make the rounds. I heard him mention Powerline one day and preface the remark by saying apparently they are a blog that doesn’t think much of talk radio … perhaps he meant his show, as I know that isn’t true. Or perhaps Limbaugh didn’t have a clue what he was talking about when it came to blogs. And that’s fine as Limbaugh has his own gig and sits at the top of the talk radio heap. (Hoping I’m not offending Mark Levin here, who was kind enough to say on his show tonight he enjoyed this blog, for which I am mighty pleased!)
From all the DNC / GOP / blog blog blog talk I have been reading, apparently Limbaugh isn’t alone in not getting blogs. Both the DNC and the GOP better get it. By and large, most bloggers aren’t out here to serve one party or another. We are out here to express our political concerns and our views.
We are voters, pure and simple. And if the GOP and or the DNC want to remain major political parties, then they best get around to figuring out how it is that they are going to serve us, just the way it has always been.
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.
They want to give me a job, subsidize my blog, heck, maybe I’ll go all GOP on ya’. I don’t know. But as long as I keep the lights on around here, I’ll be blogging for me. And I haven’t read a truly good blogger who does it any other way.