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In this post as well as several others from St. Paul, I reported how impressed I was with my fellow bloggers some of whom I had met thee for the first time, having theretofore only known them as pixels on my computer screen.
Not only were they an impressive lot, but they were a diverse one as well. Current “netroots” ideology notwithstanding, none were in the tank for the incumbent Republican president or current Republican presidential nominee. Yes, most supported the president on a number of issues and defended him (often vigorously) against attacks from the left. Yet, they did not hesitate to take him on where they thought he erred or otherwise blundered.
As to the man being nominated in St. Paul, some were enthusiastic about his candidacy, others lukewarm, at least one noncommittal, yet warming, with a number supporting him largely because of Sarah Palin, while a handful increasingly skeptical of the nominee because of that choice.
We conservative (and libertarian) bloggers are far from monolithic. Even the three bloggers at Powerline have different perspectives–and very different personalities. (John, for example, seems to warming to Palin while Paul remains skeptical.)
This diversity was not limited to the various conservative viewpoints expressed, but also included our geographical, demographic, ethic and religious background. Here were Jews, evangelical Christians, atheists, agnostics. There were men and women ranging in age from early 20s (college students) to late middle-age.
To correct the impression of right-leaning bloggers as walking in lockstep with some set right-wing ideology and with the Republican leadership, all you need do is sit down and talk to these various bloggers andÂ listen to what they have say or just read what they write.
Below, I list (to the best of my recollection & in no particular order) the bloggers I met in St. Paul. Just click on their name to access their blog and their ideas:
John Hinderaker, Scott Johnson, Paul Mirengoff, Glenn Reynolds, Jim (Gateway Pundit), Ed Morrisey, Ed Driscoll, Peter Robinson, James Lileks, Michael Barone, Michael Bates, Hugh Hewitt, Mary Katharine Ham, Scott Ott, Jennifer Rubin, Patrick Ruffini, Jon Henke, Patrick Hynes, Steve Green, Roger Simon, Peg Kaplan, Fausta Wertz, Mickey Kaus (who would balk at being called conservative, but he remains respected in the rightosphere), Jim Geraghty, Ramesh Ponnuru, Mark Hemingway (and a few left out because I’m blogging from a cafe and not from home where I have my cards and notes).