Rational Conservative Blogs
Commenting on Ed Morrissey’s decision to shut down his blog and start posting at Hot Air, John Cole remarks, “It is a shame, too, because Ed was who I was using as my barometer for rational conservatives. Now all I have left are James Joyner and Daniel Larison.”
While I appreciate the compliment, there must surely be plenty of “rational conservatives” out there. Off the top of my head, though, I can’t think of a lot, if by “rational” we mean 1) civil, 2) analytical in style and substance, and 3) not so in the bag for the Republican Party as to be a hack.
Steven Taylor and Steve Bainbridge come readily to mind, as do a passel of bloggers on the libertarian right. Andrew Sullivan remains a daily read, but he’s not exactly a reliable Republican anymore. OxBlog usually gets lost in my RSS backlog since they post sporadically. The Volokh Conspiracy gang remains solid but are rather specialized.
Perhaps because of my academic background, my daily reads have become disproportionately center-left types like Kevin Drum, Matt Yglesias, and Ezra Klein or libertarianish bloggers like Megan McArdle, Jim Henley, Julian Sanchez, or the Q and O gang.
Quite of few of the bloggers on my blogroll, which is woefully outdated and which I seldom actually use anymore, have retired or joined me here. Who am I missing? Who’s out there that can be described simultaneously as conservative, thoughtful, and intellectual?
Put another way, what conservative bloggers would be worth reading even if you disagreed with most of their posts?