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Picking Sides and Horses

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.

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I saw you mention on Sis' site that you were a Cape Codder. I grew up in North Falmouth, a million years ago. Still have siblings in MA, one in Mashpee.

I don't think it'll get as ugly between the partisan bloggers as you fear. Some, yes, but it'll only get tough next January and February, mostly between the centrist and liberal candidates of the 2 or 3 real contenders. And there are some candidates who deserve as much for their failures.

Actually, Kevin, I'm a New Yorker. I spent two wonderful summers working summer stock theater just outside Falmouth, but that's my only claim to Cape Cod residency.

Thanks for the reassurance!


I haven't recovered from the *last* political season and they are at it already. I predict a lot of crash and burns before we get into the serious season.


Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? What is he doing to us, and what is he doing to the world?
Are we safer today than we were before?
We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!


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