On blogging at Washblog.com, a community or group blog.
We all have things that make us sigh heavily, twitch with weariness and tempt us to pretend we're the classroom "niceness"
monitors. As one who spent lots of time booted out of classrooms and who was on a first-name basis with the school superintendant
because of time in his office, I know shushers when I read them here.
Discussion and arguments about party leadership at this site - which is not a Democratic organ in any sense - will by defintion
include criticism of leadership. That's what the "demo" in democractic means.
For those who think Washblog is an organ of the state Demo party, don't expect you can sing party hymns here at this organ
without choir cut-ups like me howling along in counter melody.
Regarding our continuing writing about Senator Cantwell, this "I think you all should get over it and move on," is the
cancer of cancers in that it leaves areas of vital concern unaddressed.
Why do they do it?
Hell I don't know, but I do smell a tag team thinking that links defenders of the faith on this site. Re-reading both recent
Washblog articles on Pelz [State Democratic Party Chairman] and all the comments that precede this one, I'd say
it looks like a pretty good theory.
Without falling into pollyana niceness, I'll just declare in my dumbass way that I'll leave my areas of concern alone precisely
when I'm ready to and not when some sunday school baby sitter implies that I'm not being nice by continuing.
Defenders of the state democratic faith here only exacerbate and encourge more discussion when they try to suppress critics
of their idols who may be neither good strategists nor good mechanics on a blog that gets public media attention.
Interest in this thread and all Washblog threads should end the old fashioned way - when we run out of things to say and
look for something else to talk about, not when party loyalists try to keep us censored.
I'm willing to make room or stay .... but,
Correct me if I'm wrong cause when I was invited to write for Washblog I was not under the impression that Washblog is
an official organ of the state democratic party.
Brian, if you and the editorial board consider Washblog and the Democratic Party to be linked at the hip then you can vote
me off the island, off the editorial board and off the front page no questions asked and no resentment from me.
I'm politically a liberal conservative first and a conservative liberal second and no party's property.
I joined the Democratic Party for the first time after the 2004 election losses - not because of acute party loyalty, but
because unlike minority party members who have less important things to talk about than Iraq, I saw Demos as the biggest gun
to blow up the Republican Party and fire as many bums as possible.
If I wanted to be a conformist, I would have stayed a Mormon with my own mythic version of reality.
I remain an opinionated independent and will continue to write that way. That's why I came here, to encounter opinionated
independent thinkers who'd talk back to me and maybe even straighten me right out!
If State Democratic Party generals - like Mr. Perlz - are dumb enough to insist that Iraq is nothing more than a political
abstraction and no greater piece of the pie than other abstractions by which Democrats can maximize politcal power for the
sake of power, then I'll start writing to fire Demos right away.
So tell me, do we have an approved thinking and a political orthodoxy here?
I hope not. I hope that resistance to crowd control and conformity waxes white hot at this site.
I also hope that eventually the site will grow a sense of humor and a wider range of things about which to blog.
The writing here with it's predominant focus on party, precinct, past and future elections has become way too "Johnny One-Note," acutely
predictable and dull regardless of the importance of the issues being written about.
We're citizen bloggers first and foremost, not academics writing to impress peers. Yet so much of what shows up here is
written for a narrow audience and seems to have a fear of disagreement, contradictive criticism or discord that writers
attempt to cope by explantory exceptions and footnotes.
If KOS is the model, Washblog appears to be attempting to be a mini-KOS but only around a very narrow range of topics,
... and in such a predictable, narrowly focused and - I'll say it again - humorless fashion the blog will get ever
more boring because it has very little if any essence of vigorous and firework personality.
What's the direction Washblog ought to take now that the elections are past? What do we have to talk about in the future
based on the abstractions upon which Washblog was apparently founded?
Primarily legislation, initiatives and candidates? Perhaps an occasional call to swarm to save some Demo office-holder
who stepped in a cow pie?
I seriously doubt that Drinking Liberally sounds like Washblog reads! Are DL sippers limited and underspoken, especially
when the imbibing is supposedly liberal?
We should expand our view here beyond mere legislative politics. "Washblog" implies a statewide blog with commentary about
all things happening in the state. Why would we not take this site to the next level and stop worrying about becoming
somebody els'e mini-version?
I read the draft as a kind of framework within which a general sense of consistency or direction is inlaid at Washblog
in as unspoken a manner as possible.
Certainly a document full of what you can write about and what you can't write about is nowhere near as effective as a
document full of the spirit of the thing rather than the letter of the thing.
... because content is what we desire
... as much content as possible.
Like casting handfuls of seeds in a field in hopes that enough will grow to sustain the family ... as opposed to only planting
those acceptible seeds in the places where acceptible seeds are anticipated to grow best.
More and more content ... within the "spirit" of Washblog, which we will establish far more powerfully than any written
credo, we will sift the content and police the place more effectively without squelching or discouraging participation.