The 'silly season,' as Atrios likes to call it, has begun in earnest. One of my favorite bloggers, Shakespeare's Sister, has been hired by the John Edwards campaign, and she's not the only one. Undoubtedly other campaigns will start lining up to recruit other bloggers in the near future.
Although I'm pleased that Shakes got the gig, my happiness is not unalloyed with a little sadness. Although things are very nice and collegial around the left blogosphere so far, a day will inevitably come when the picture won't be so pretty.
My crystal ball is too cloudy for me to see who will be involved or exactly what will cause it, but the time will come when loud accusations of backstabbing, lying, and bad faith will start to fly. People will choose sides, write long, passionate denouncements, pick fights in comment threads, bring out the sock puppets, and rearrange their blogrolls, all because they're backing different candidates.
It will happen, and it will suck. Mark my words. I hope I'm proved wrong, but somehow, I doubt I will be.
As for me, it is way, way too early in the race for me to pick a horse. For one thing, so far, there doesn't seem to be any significant difference between the various Democratic candidates in the field. Six months from now, maybe, the distinctions will be more obvious and I will be ready to make a choice.