RIGHT WING BLOG ALERT! RIGHT WING BLOG ALERT!
Sorry. Just wanted to get that out my system. Submitting a pro- Bush blog for review at this particular moment in history is perhaps a brave move. With most liberals and the rest of the world still reeling from his re-election, a blog celebrating right wing politics is perhaps not something a whole lot of people want to read right now.
Let’s say a bit about the design first though, before I start slagging off his politics, er… I mean discussing the content. Well, not a whole lot to mention really- it is a blogspot blog, two columns, fairly innocuous colour scheme and no fancy title bar. The sidebar seemed to do funny things when I first entered the site (like disappear for a while) but it settled down after a minute or two and revealed the usual sidebar content- links, buttons, very long blogroll and Google ads. So for appearance, I can’t really take any points off as, in all honesty the blog looks absolutely fine overall, but I certainly can’t add any points either for graphical extravagance or extras added because, well, there aren’t any.
Ok. Let’s lay my cards on the table and say that I don’t live in America and if I did I would be a Democrat. I don’t feel I need to defend my stance but it may colour my review. It has to be said though, that of the right wing blogs I have read, this is one of the better ones in terms of content. Whilst I don’t agree with his point of view, I have to admit that most of the postings are fair minded, reasonably balanced and steer away from many of the emotive, polemic issues which can rear their ugly heads in blogs like this (racism or homophobia, for example). He supports his troops but hey, no one ever got hurt from troop supporting. He does get a lot of stick for his points of view in the comments, which he replies to with good grace and a calm head. He seems to be fairly well read in terms of news content and he posts up articles in the blog itself, rather than expecting people to click. He is also not afraid to take on liberal journalists either which at least provides some balance. In fact most of his articles are sober, well reasoned and have had a lot of thought put in to them. A few of the points made seem to be biased, over simplified or economical with the truth, but hey, isn’t that what political debate is all about?
I think that most republicans will probably like this blog regardless. Liberals could do worse than read this blog, if for no other reason than to understand a bit better the mindset of the kind of person who voted in a President they didn’t want. Like I say, I don’t agree with his politics, but what came across is that the author is probably quite a nice guy, who I felt able to engage with despite our differences.