Promoted. This adds tremendously to the discussion and I'd like to associate myself with everything Alexander has written. We'd like to think The Next Right is a small part of the solution to the problems Alexander and Jon have identified. -Patrick
Partly in response to Jon's earlier post, I think its important for all of us to look seriously at the right side of the blogosphere and see why we are ineffective.
And this is the truth. By any measure of effectiveness, we are way behind. In terms of money raised, attention brought to candidates, or ability to drive a message.
The reason, above all, is that their side is full of activists, and ours is full of pundits. Spend a few minutes perusing some of the top liberal blogs and everything is about driving attention to a specific race, or something else thats happening NOW, with a means of taking action.
On conservative blogs on the other hand, you have a thousand different bloggers who all want to be a talking head on one of the cable networks. Everyone has an opinion and feels the need to explain why they are correct. As such, most of the time the rightosphere is just a circular sounding board.
Granted, there have been a few moments when we've been more. Dan Rather & the Bush National Guard records. The fight over the Arlen Specter judiciary chairmanship. The Harriet Miers nomination. The early days of the Fred Thompson pre-candidacy.
The challenge for the rightosphere is for us to actually work together, and not just be ten thousand individuals moving randomly in varying directions.
I think things are improving, partly because there seems to be a shift in the center of the conservative blogosphere from simply news and opinion (Captain's Quarters, Instapundit, Power Line) to more activism-focused blogs like RedState, The Next Right, Newsbusters, etc. But we have a long way still to go.