Yesterday the Hotline’s Blogmeter embarassed itself, and I among others had fun at its expense.
Looking at Hugh Hewitt‘s latest anti-Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) rant, the Blogometer was struck by how similar it sounded to DailyKos and MyDD critiques of Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT). Like his lefty doppelgangers, Hewitt is more upset with a prominent Senator from his own party because of that Senator’s willingness to buy into opposition attacks on his own party. Also attempting to mimic the left, Patrick Casey at NRO takes the NRSC to task for siding with Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) in his contest with Cranston Mayor Steven Laffey.
Meanwhile the best trafficked blog on the right, Instapundit hosts a civil discussion with McCain on a wide range of topics. While the two have their differences (campaign finance reform being the biggest), Instapundit chooses to disagree on that subject and instead highlight their agreements (limiting GOP spending).
Comparisons to Kosputin are the ‘sphere equivalent to a French head-butt, but given the Beltway’s love of Senator McCain, not unexpected.
Still, if the Blogmeter is going to “report” on the blogs, it will have to get other than the summer interns to do the research and write-ups. Glenn is indeed the center-right’s most trafficked blog, but Andrew Sullivan and Mickey –talented though they are– don’t speak for any part of the Republican base, and those that do don’t resemble the hard left bloggers to which comparison is made above.
And there are many differences –not-very-hard-one-to-spot differences– between the venom unleashed at Lieberman and my criticisms of Senator McCain. If the folks at Hotline can’t see those, they really ought not to be opining on politics or blogs.
Could the Hotline blog-watchers be coaxed out for an interview? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.