Last night when I attended what Glenn Reynolds dubbed the “best party” he ever attended, I realized the scope of what my co-blogger Bruce Carroll, the GayPatriot, accomplished when he established this blog four years ago tomorrow.
Pajamas TV had organized a blogger party at the home of James Lileks. I ran into bloggers whom I had met at smaller such gatherings in LA (Mickey Kaus, Hugh Hewitt, Roger Simon), some who had recognized me from previous political and media events (National Review‘s Ramesh Ponnuru and Peter Robinson), bloggers I had schmoozed with earlier in the day (Powerline‘s John and Paul, Commentary‘s Jennifer Rubin, Townhall‘s Mary Katharine Ham, Vodkapundit‘s Stephen Green, Ed Driscoll) and bloggers and writers I only previously only known by their words in pixels, Scrappleface‘s Scott Ott, CampaignSpot‘s Jim Geraghty, the Corner‘s Mark Hemingway and Eli Lake of the New York Sun.
These weren’t the only people I met. I talked to other bloggers, a relator or two, an advertising executive, Hill staffers, radio hosts, etc. One thing which stood out though was how familiar the guests at this gathering (some pictures here) were with this blog. When I identified myself, they recognized the blog and greeted me warmly.
So, kudos to Bruce Carroll for establishing this blog and help gay conservatives find welcome in the right-of-center blogging community.
Bruce, I am in your debt.