Kevin Drum has kindly listed me along with other right-of-center bloggers who are “definitely not idiots, and they frequently have interesting things to say.” (If I ever start putting endorsement blurbs on my sidebar, “definitely not [an] idiot” will certainly be near the top!) One of his commenters wonders if a conservative blogger has ever come up with a similar list. While I’m sure that several have, it’s more fun to pretend that I’m the first, as it gives me something to write about.
- Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal: A Berkeley economics prof with a Harvard Ph.D. who served in the Clinton Administration. You can’t get more lefty than that! The guy’s a full professor ten years out of school, despite a two year detour into government service. Maybe the million or so publications on his vita explains it. Brad posts mainly, shockingly, on economic issues but he manages to be analytical without being abstruse or condescending.
- CalPundit: It’s somewhat lame mentioning Kevin since he mentioned me first in this context, but I actually read and link him regularly. His essays are well written and often illustrated with handy graphs and charts. Bonus cat blogging on Fridays.
- Crooked Timber: A group blog by some bright young professors, most of whom had/have their own blogs as well. Sometimes, the topics are a bit esoteric for lay readers but always well-writen and insightful.
- Daily Kos: Markos Zuniga’s site is sometimes rather over-the-top. And, whatever you do, avoid the comments section. But Markos does his homework and has an interesting background–he’s an attorney and a veteran. He is an excellent resource for polling data and his Political State Report (of which I’m an occasional contributor) is by far the best source of information on politics in the 50 states and the District of Columbia I’ve found.
- Marstonalia: Brett Marston’s site dealing with all matters political, with an especial focus on the courts.
- Matthew Yglesias: He has been described as the liberal OTB. No relation to Julio and, so far as I know, has never sung a duet with Willie Nelson. He just graduated from Harvard with a degree in philosophy.
- normblog: A new site by a British political theorist and self-described Marxist and utopian. The blog is interesting and sometimes whimsical, dealing with everything from politics to soccer to country music.
- politiX is an interesting group blog out of the UK. I don’t read it as often as I should because my blogroll is sorted by update time and they’re usually near the bottom owing to the time difference.
- Talking Points Memo: Josh Marshall is a professional who writes for numerous magazines but still manages to keep up a fine weblog. Sort of the liberal Andrew Sullivan.
If you’re not reading these guys, you should take a look.