The rowdy little community we’ve built here around the GOPLifer blog has been a rewarding experience for me and hopefully you’re enjoying it too. There is a place for thoughtful, analytic writing and that’s what I try to do with this blog.
Other writers however are using blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other integrated social media to help voters stay informed about the local races that affect their readers’ lives. They move people to action, building a platform for effective political organization. All political differences aside, I deeply admire what they are doing. As the primaries approach, these guys and others like them deserve a close read.
Houstonians David Jennings and Charles Kuffner operate the best political blogs I have seen anywhere. They deliver insightful information on down ballot races, the ones that determine the shape of our political map, while covering other local matters that are generally overlooked by major media.
What I do at the GOPLifer blog requires some thought and occasional research. What they do demands constant in-person engagement. They face the people they write about. They are accountable for their positions and opinions on terms that I and other “opinion” bloggers seldom face.
I envy the work they are doing and I regret not being able (okay, willing) to invest the kind of intense personal capital in public service that they are demonstrating. I go to my monthly party meetings. I walk the neighborhood handing out fliers at election time. But I’m not spending free time attending clubs, going to fundraisers, and sinking into the details of local political life they way they do.
Regardless of your politics, if you live in Houston David & Charles’ posts should be a must-read. With so much of the critical infrastructure of our political system weakening, these guys offer a model for how things might all work out for the better.