Sunday, February 13, 2005

Blogging about blogging

Blogging as a political phenomenon is something that, well, must be blogged about. So I give you Michael Barone's most recent column, which offers his take on the impact of blogs on presidential politics in 2004. Barone concludes as follows:
So what hath the blogosphere wrought? The left blogosphere has moved the Democrats off to the left, and the right blogosphere has undermined the credibility of the Republicans' adversaries in Old Media. Both changes help Bush and the Republicans.
In an e-mail to Powerline, Barone adds that "the right blogosphere is more tolerant of differing opinions than its left counterpart. "

On the other side, I offer Kevin Drum, who believes that in 2004 the blogosphere focused too much on collecting scalps and opines that "conservatives gain strength from promoting this brand of warfare far more than liberals do. "

My view is that both sides of the blogosphere are self-righteous and hypocritical. But 2004 was a better year for the right than it was for the left and, thus, the right can pretend to be magnanimous while the left, understandably, is angry and working to find a way out of the forest.