Battlepanda: Speak for yourself, Kevin.


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Speak for yourself, Kevin.

Just as I devote a whole post to Kevin Drum's wisdom, he goes ahead and write a dumbass post like this:

All political movements have both tacticians and theoreticians, so there's nothing odd that Kos is all about tactics and prefers to leave the ideology to others. But there's more to it than that. To a large extent, I think Kos is symbolic of nearly the entire political blogosphere, which tends to be far more a partisan wrecking crew than a genuine force for either progressive or conservative thought.

I'm honestly not sure what I think of that. Maybe it's just the nature of the medium, and we should be happy to leave the serious thinking to the think tanks. At the same time, I have a feeling that it's also a reflection of something that's been obscured by the ever shriller noise machines on both sides: the death of ideology. Partisanship may be at an all-time high in Washington DC, but when you cut through the chatter, ideology may be at an all-time low.

Yes, Kevin, blogs are partisan. But that is not neceassarily a bad thing when our mainstream press tend to pursue this kind of "he said-she said" puppet neutrality that is not so much objective as convenient for the evasion of the proper responsibilites of the press. Blogs step in to offer analysis in line with the political ideology of the blogger, but that is a far cry from being all about tactics or abandoning ideology in pursuit of partisanship. Applying what is a fair description of Kos to the entire blogisphere is nothing short of loopy. And as for "leaving the serious thinking to think tanks"...what is he smoking? Think tanks like Cato and Heritage are oasises of serious thinking unsullied by partisan hackery now, I suppose?

Kevin Drum: Great blogger. Not a great blogger about blogs.