Other Voices: Who are these guys, anyway?

Interesting post over at style="text-decoration:underline;">Adam's Blog, written by local Republican blogger Adam Graham.

Graham — as regular readers know — is a frequent contributor to Other Voices, our daily roundup of commentary from IdahoStatesman.com, the blogosphere and elsewhere.

How frequent? Graham actually did the math. He ranks second to Randy Stapilus, a Northwest political blogger who, in an earlier life, was the Statesman's political editor. Tied for third and fourth are Idaho Values Alliance's Bryan Fischer and reporter Betsy Russell, author of the Eye on Boise blog at the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review.

So the top four — by Graham's figures — are two conservatives (Graham and Fischer) and two writers of news/analysis blogs (Stapilus and Russell).

Which leads to Graham's question: "What’s the reason for the quotes?" he asks. "My theory is that it comes down to a basic lack of conservative voices. To have an interesting roundup of other opinion, conservative voices are needed, or otherwise it’s just one side and no real debate."

He has it pretty much right. My goal with Other Voices is to serve up a diverse discussion on the issues, in real time. I'm trying to present a good mix. Especially since both Graham and Fischer frequently criticize Statesman editorials or my ID Quicktakes posts; my top priority is to give our critics prominent play, in print and online.

And there's another reason you see a lot of Graham and Fischer in the Other Voices feature. Frankly, there aren't many conservative bloggers around these parts. I can pick and choose from a larger pool of liberal/Democrat bloggers, so I do.

(So there's a thinly veiled message to you conservative readers. If you don't like what I have to say here at ID Quicktakes, start up your own blog. If I can write one, how hard can it be, right? Just forget I asked.)


My blog will be "A blog from Udapimp Idaho". Dubs on the copyrights!

Individual blogs like those mentioned have the obvious problem of being too one-sided from an extremist. B o r i n g !

Kudos for boiseguardian.com though. It's local, usually good, and from a reasonable perspective. Reading archived posts is informative.

Re. Guardian and other blogs

I agree about the Guardian, which I check daily and often use in Other Voices.

I don't mind the partisan bloggers either — they are writing from a perspective and you usually have a good idea where they're coming from. They add to the dialogue.

Kevin Richert
editorial page editor

This begs the questions

Why is there a better selection of liberal bloggers in Idaho than conservative bloggers? This trend also seems to bear out nationally.

I'm a blog respondant and a Democrat, hardly a liberal

Certainly not the guy that stabbed the Japanese politician in the old 70s photo.

I consider a liberal to be somebody that wants more than the others can understand how to implement and usually offers little cooperation to implement the policies they espouse.

"Progressive" is a great term but it should be joined by ALL. I am a registered Democrat but I am often asked if I am not really a Republican. I tell them I supported President Ford but I was eight that year and that I support PEOPLE I BELIEVE IN. Changing my affiliation is not a trivial thing to do. I chose it in 1984 on the day I turned 18 and voted on the TVCC bond issue that day then turned immediately to volunteer for the candidacy of a friend who was running for our district's state senatorial seat (he lost, I gained a lot of useful knowledge and had fun). I couldn't be against the Republican leaders of our county...I KNEW THEM, SAW THEM EVERY DAY AND THEY WERE FRIENDS OF MINE. When did this all take a hike?

I was not thrilled with Clinton. I didn't vote the first time, I was homeless the second time in Idaho and did not realize I could vote as such in Idaho until it was too late. I would've voted for Dole anyway.

I gave Bush a fair shot the first time and had my disappointments but I had to vote again 4 years later...I was never impressed with Kerrey OR Gore. Ford never got a first chance, Carter and Gore were nice guys of a sort that never deserved another break as politicians, Kerrey had other problems beside the invented boats and what not, and there was nothing I could support about him.

I too voted for Bush twice. It wasn't fun but I could not fathom NOT voting. Not voting was tantamount to surrendering to something you didn't believe in and did not want.

I have no idea as to whom I will vote for in the Democratic primary here in Oregon. We have a much broader political base to choose from and with a mail ballot more time to ponder our choices.

I have my observations about some of the candidates...

Obama needs to be less of the nice guy people expect him to be and take control now. You have two smart people and they can't represent gender-based magazine ideals, they are going to fight to Lead The United States.

Harry Truman did this. He was maybe the last to do so and do it well. THAT is why his name comes up so often. Nixon did also but he let go and it took over his life. Congress never loves any President, true, but I always regarded Truman over Kennedy and Johnson. It took some time before I saw how complex and personable Lyndon Johnson was to my eyes. Nixon was then easier to understand or at least digest. None of it means you have to LIKE THEM hook, line and sinker. Great MEN can suck in political terms.

Bottom line is that I can't vote for a Democrat or Republican just because they say they are leftist, rightist, centrist or even a one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater (he'd do a damned good job but he's not a native citizen so he could only be the governor of California, darn it).