Friday, January 20, 2006

Centrist Blogs--Bellwether of Realignment?

The Moderate Voice has reproduced a New York Sun article describing the rise of centrist politics in the blogosphere. I won't reproduce it here out of respect for their copyright, but I encourage you to take a look.

Centrists (loosely defined as voters open to the idea that some of their ideas might be wrong) by their nature as such lack a stable organization like a political party to amplify their efforts. That's why I think it behooves us in the blogosphere to use our sites as links between commentary and action. In other words, when commenting on a particular issue, include a link to the politician involved (or to a congressional directory) to make it easy for those you've convinced to write a letter or donate money in response. I have done this on issues like redistricting reform and bioterrorism defense, but it would be a much more powerful strategy if adopted more widely.

The danger here for a given site would be a slide from news/commentary to political activism that loses reader credibility, so the tone of such posts would have to be low-key; simply add an invitation to action at the end of a regular, sober news analysis. And it should not be done too frequently, to avoid saturation. But since centrists lack systematic political coordination, ideas must tie themselves to action.


At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

Centrist blogs? Can you name one ?

At 8:40 PM, Blogger fmodo said...

See the article, and my blogroll--I'm thinking of Centerfield (the Centrist Coalition), Booker Rising, Charging RINO and others


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