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.)