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Review of Right Wing Blogs
Posted by: Jon Henke on Thursday, November 03, 2005

I wrote a post about liberal blogs back in August, and some commenters asked me to do the same for right wing bloggers. So, since there seems to be far too little cross-pollination between the Left and Right wings of the blogosphere—and at the risk of alienating some of our peers—here's a Review of Right Wing Blogs. [Note: if you dislike my list, write your own] [Note II: this is not a ranked list]

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(1) Instapundit— right-leaning, pro-Iraq war (neo)libertarian; essentially, Glenn Reynolds is the managing editor of the right side of the blogosphere, and linkage from Instapundit can make or break a post, a blog or a controversy. As Reynolds has noted in the past, "InstaPundit is not an unbiased news service. It consists entirely of my opinions and such links to factual items as I find interesting." Fortunately, Reynolds reads and links widely, and, if not unbiased, he's at least relatively even-handed.


(2) Michelle Malkin— Fairly consistently-Republican media pundit who uses her blog as a secondary outlet to her mainstream media work; often includes original reporting on her blog. Malkin is not so much pro-Republican as she is anti-left.


(3) Powerline—For people who think the official Republican Party blog is insufficiently pro-Bush....there's Powerline. The Rathergate story vaulted them into the limelight, and [something] has kept them there. I'm not quite certain what that "[something]" is, but it's certainly not their corrections policy, their interest in criticism, or their consistency.


(4) Little Green Footballs—Remember that government report that said the "War on Terror" should really be called something like the "War on Islamist Jihadism"? LGF got the memo. All Anti-Islamism, all the time.


(5) Hugh Hewitt— If you were to combine all three Powerline bloggers, Sean Hannity and any given Republican Party Chairman in some sort of GOP experiment to create the most reliable Republican pundit ever...you'd have Hugh Hewitt: the distilled essence of The Party Man.


(6) The Volokh Conspiracy—you know how you and your friends used to get into wandering, but interesting, all-night conversations about every subject imaginable—school, politics, jokes, sports, news, girls, philosophy, etc—in your younger days? Replace your old friends with a bunch of libertarian-leaning college professors. It's the Volokh Conspiracy!


(7) Wizbang— you know how you and your friends used to get into wandering, but interesting, all-night conversations about every subject imaginable—school, politics, jokes, sports, news, girls, philosophy, etc—in your younger days? Well, they're blogging at Wizbang now.


(8) Captain's Quarters—the hardest working man in blog-business. Perpetually outraged at the media, the UN and the Democratic party, but quite good at presenting the right wing take of an ongoing issue.


(9) Red State—somewhat suprisingly, this overtly biased blog appears to actually be more interested in promoting conservative and libertarian interests than in blind flackery for the Republican Party.


(10) Outside the Beltway—a frequently updated group blog (but primarily James Joyner) that mixes news aggregation with some extended commentary. Right-leaning, but not partisan.


(11) RightWingNews—News and commentary from, unsuprisingly, an avowed right winger. Also, perhaps suprisingly, very willing to criticize Republicans, albeit from the Right. Frequently does original interviews and blogger polling.


(12) RealClearPolitics—right wing blog/op-ed aggregator.


(13) ScrappleFace; IMAO; Lileks; Cox and Forkum— Republicans are funny, too! Granted, they can't draw like Ted Rall, write like Mark Morford, or make people laugh like Michael Moore. But, really, that's a compliment.


(14) Protein Wisdom—you know how you and your friends used to get into wandering, but interesting, all-night conversations about every subject imaginable—school, politics, jokes, sports, news, girls, philosophy, etc—in your younger days? Well, replace you with PJ O'Rourke, and replace your friends with a lot of drugs. Voila! Jeff Goldstein: a right winger somewhere between libertarian and libertine.


(15) Balloon Juice—outspoken right winger John Cole, who puts his political interests ahead of his Party....and, increasingly, finds the two do not intersect at all. Anxiously awaiting the return of fiscal conservatism to the Republican Party; may be waiting a long time.


(16) The Corner—the break room at the National Review: Jonah Goldberg posts doughnuts, Kathryn Jean Lopez cleans up after the slobs, Derbyshire bitches about the snack machine. About as interesting as conversations in the break room usually are. (i.e., intermittently) One can't help but think it would be a bit spicier if they could occassionally put up anonymous posts.


(17) JustOneMinute—in my opinion, Tom Maguire (along with Kevin Drum)is the quintessential blogger. JustOneMinute regularly combines both the attitude and the investigative aspects of blogging in a way that few others ever manage.


(etc) Other notables...

 
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Written By: Pete Jensen
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Emperor Misha? Whoo - now there’s a place that makes LGF look like a tea party. I like it, but the rhetoric is too white-hot too constantly for me.

I personally think Ace of Spades is much funnier than Protein Wisdom, at least for a right-leaning, socially uninhibited blog. But that’s the beauty and curse of a list - everyone has their favorites, and is miffed if you’ve left theirs out.

But Cole lost me during the Schiavo case, when he and his commenters had a raving, shrieking meltdown about the awful fundy theocracy jackbooting its way across America, and I never bothered to read him again. I don’t mind insults about my politics, but insults to my faith cross the line.
 
Written By: Christopher
URL: http://
Bingo, I agree that Tom Maguire and Kevin Drum are two of the very best blogging has to offer. Add in you guys on the right and Yglesias on the left for regularly killing sacred cows.
And a big boo to Malkin, Kos, and everyone else more excited about denigrating domestic personal opponents than figuring out policy, philosophy, and news stories.
 
Written By: Mithras
URL: http://mithrastheprophet.blogspot.com
So that’s what you think of Hewitt, huh?

You might be interested in one of my products, then!

And I put AoS and Goldstein on the same level. ’Cept I only stalk Goldstein.
 
Written By: Sharp as a Marble
URL: http://sharpmarbles.stufftoread.com
The main one you left off is polipundit. A group blog, with variation from something similar to Captain’s Quarters (the polipundit himself) to Republican cheerleading (Jayson). Good enough to visit regularly, if you’re willing to cull the cheerleading posts.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
URL: http://
Let’s not forget:
Chiefly Musing—annoying religious social conservative who’s been blogging for more than three years, despite adding extremely little to any debate. Also blogs about the Kansas City Chiefs.
On second thought, let’s forget him, er me.

But I second the motion for Ace of Spades being considered a top right-wing blogger.

However, I also suggest:

Chris Muir’s Day By Day—Humor/Cartoon
Mudville Gazette—The Point of Contact for Mil-blogging, and my impression is right-wing mil-blogging. As opposed to Left-leaning mil-blogging like Phil Carter of Intel Dump and Slate.
Dean’s World—Self-proclaimed "Classic Liberal" is more anti-Modern Liberal than pro-Right Wing...but advocates many positions in common with conservatives and libertarians.
Resurrection Song—Moderate Right Wing culture blogger who often posts extremely insightful and incisive posts on a wide range of political topics. A true Thinker. Worth stopping by daily for the comment conversations as well as the thinking. Main organizer of the Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash, an opportunity for some of the nation’s best blogging minds to get together and get drunk.


 
Written By: Nathan
URL: http://brain.mu.nu/
Guessing that INDC Journal and Vodkapundit didn’t make the list ’cause of their stark lack of regular posting, right?

I like your lists. Agree or disagree with any particular bit, I personally have always found them very useful to me.
 
Written By: Adam
URL: http://sophistpundit.blogspot.com
Nice review! I’d be interested in a run down on the left wing blogs.
 
Written By: Alan
URL: http://
Michelle Malkin is a tool.

I know this has nothing to do with your list. It’s a fine list.
But when I saw Malkin’s blog on there, I just had to post.

Malkin is a disingenuous right wing mudslinger. She constantly attacks the left using undesirable tactics. She takes things out of context, sullies the tactics by the left that she herself uses, and most of all, she ignorantly misrepresents and defends internment.

Most recently, she tried to accuse Randi Rhodes, of AirAmerica, of advocating the assassination of GWB. Ridiculous.
Randi Rhodes, admittedly an annoying left wing mudslinger herself, joked about it in a radio skit (I listened to it, it wasn’t that bad. And there was no investigation as Malkin claims). This is something that radio personalities do all the time. They make bad jokes in bad taste about people they disagree with. Limbaugh, Hannity, and others do it on a daily basis. O’Reilly recently said, “I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out. And I wouldn’t have rescued them.” O’Reilly, however, did not say that in a jester’s tone. Although he later said it was a jest. And yes, the left went after him for it.
I know he was kidding; O’Reilly wouldn’t want that to happen. But the point is these guys are basically in the entertainment business, and they have to be edgy in order to obtain and retain audiences.

Usually I would dismiss such appalling behavior as par for the course, but the other night, Malkin was on O’Reilly whining about how the left is “viciously” attacking her.

Obviously, she can dish it out. But she can’t take it.

Yuk.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
I’m trying to decide if I should be insulted or complimented...

Maybe I’ll call up Kevin and Paul, and we’ll spend all night debating it.

J.
 
Written By: Jay Tea
URL: http://wizbangblog.com
Obviously, she can dish it out. But she can’t take it.

I don’t think that Ms. Malkin’s called anyone a cunt or a whore. Or made racial comments, either.

 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
URL: http://
...whining about how the left is “viciously” attacking her.
So I suppose the comments on her blog that led her to disable commenting—taunting her with lines like, "me love you long time"—were simply terms of endearment?

I didn’t see the O’Reilly bit you’re talking about—can’t stand the man—but I’m inclined to think, from having seen Malkin elsewhere, that your characterization of her as "whining" originated entirely in your own head.
 
Written By: McGehee
URL: http://www.mcgeheezone.com/weblog/
Pouge;

You just can’t stand a powerful woman.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
I like to eat paint chips. Seriously.

Just thought I’d share.
 
Written By: Jeff G
URL: http://www.proteinwisdom.com
An excellent - and accurate - rundown of the high-level screedmasters for Bush, and of those who lean Right but question Left.
 
Written By: Libercontrarian
URL: http://libercontrarian.motime.com
Christopher said:
But Cole lost me during the Schiavo case, when he and his commenters had a raving, shrieking meltdown about the awful fundy theocracy jackbooting its way across America...
I concur. I really don’t believe John Cole to be conservative or republican. I think that he fancies himself as a John McCain maverick. Just as McCain draws his support from the left so does Balloon Juice. And the commenters are just as Christopher described them. But if you’re curious about Balloon Juice the poll at Hugh Hewitt’s place is instructional. Nearly all blogs are overwhelmningly supportive of Alito. Just run down the blogs and then check Balloon Juice. Now I’m not surprised at the results of right-wing blogs in this unscientific poll but the results from Balloon Juice should disabuse anyone of Balloon Juice being a blog of the right.
 
Written By: tom scott
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I should have added that my reaction to Balloon Juice was not primarily because of the Schiavo incident. It was his Sullivan-like response to Abu Ghraib.
 
Written By: tom scott
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Posted this about my friend Publicola’s interchange with the second Bush brain, Hugh Hewitt.
 
Written By: Libercontrarian
URL: http://libercontrarian.motime.com
The major omission here is The Belmont Club—not much focused on politics but the main engine of large-scale conservative analysis of the world at large.

I’d also put in a word for Tim Blair, Australian but revelant in America and very sharp.

 
Written By: sammler
URL: http://stonecity.blogspot.com
Add in you guys on the right and Yglesias on the left for regularly killing sacred cows.
Thank you, Mithras. I wish there were more conversation between the left and right sides of the ’sphere. I find it interesting that so few read the other side; I find it troubling, too. We, for example, are blogrolled by very few lefty blogs, and we rarely get linked by them even to debate us. That is, I think, a shame.
However, I also suggest:
I’ll check out the blogs various people have suggested. For what it’s worth, if I left off a prominent blog, it’s probably because I’m not familiar enough with it to give a review. Also, despite enjoying his blog, I left off Dean’s World because I’m not sure it’s completely accurate to call him "right wing", except on a few issues.
Guessing that INDC Journal and Vodkapundit didn’t make the list ’cause of their stark lack of regular posting, right?
Yes. A year ago, INDC would have made it, but he seems to have changed focus.
I’m trying to decide if I should be insulted or complimented...
Well, I did say those late night conversations were "interesting". I enjoyed them, so the implication would be positive. The inference you draw may vary, depending on the quality of your all-nighters. :)
I like to eat paint chips. Seriously.
Off the wall or out of the can?
I’d also put in a word for Tim Blair, Australian but revelant in America and very sharp.
I like him a great deal—even hosted him at my place when he was touring the US a year back. But I’m not sure he’s US-centric enough for this list.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
URL: http://www.QandO.net
Nathan, you do me too much credit and I thank you for it.

I’m pretty sure Resurrection Song doesn’t belong on this list—it’s just not well-known enough (although my plans for world domination should change that), it doesn’t get enough traffic (but soon, very soon), and there’s too much in the way of Mark Lanegan and grammatical mistakes...
 
Written By: zombyboy
URL: http://www.resurrectionsong.com
You left off Polipundit.com.

We’ve had more than ten million visitors since the site was created, and during the days running up to the 2004 election, at times topped 50,000 unique visitors a day. We’re averaging over thirty thousand a day right now, so I’d say we’re doing all right.
 
Written By: DJ Drummond
URL: http://www.polipundit.com
You left off Polipundit.com.

We’ve had more than ten million visitors since the site was created, and during the days running up to the 2004 election, at times topped 50,000 unique visitors a day. We’re averaging over thirty thousand a day right now, so I’d say we’re doing all right.
 
Written By: DJ Drummond
URL: http://www.polipundit.com
Apologies for the double-post.

 
Written By: DJ Drummond
URL: http://www.polipundit.com
We’ve had more than ten million visitors since the site was created, and during the days running up to the 2004 election, at times topped 50,000 unique visitors a day. We’re averaging over thirty thousand a day right now, so I’d say we’re doing all right.

I would too ... congrats DJ.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
I don’t think that Ms. Malkin’s called anyone a cunt or a whore. Or made racial comments, either.

So I suppose the comments on her blog that led her to disable commenting—taunting her with lines like, "me love you long time"—were simply terms of endearment?


It’s disgusting what ignorant people will write, especially if it is from the one way mirror of a computer screen. It happens to a degree on this blog (though to the credit of the readers here, it is extremely rare and somewhat diluted), I’ve read in the comments “liberal asshole” and “lefty traitor”. And even my own, “teabagger”.
I’m sure Randi Rhodes gets the same kind of hate mail. Every day, Al Franken reads one hate mail at the beginning of his show. And It’s disgusting as well, “Jew bastard” and the like. I’m sure that one reason they get such vile feedback is because people like Malkin go on television and falsely claims that Rhodes, “called for the assassination of the President”.

And yes, “whining” was my characterization. Only because you typically don’t see radio/TV/columnist personalities complaining about it to a national audience. Even sensitive souls like Franken joke about it, as he does with his hate mail, also saying quite accurately, “these types of comments reflect more on the accuser rather that the subject” (paraphrase)

I find such “whining” (yes, there it is again) to be annoying.
My real problem with Malkin is, as stated before, she constantly attacks the left using undesirable tactics. She takes things out of context, sullies the tactics by the left that she herself uses, and most of all, she ignorantly misrepresents and defends internment.
Among other things.

You just can’t stand a powerful woman.

Now that’s just weak. I don’t like Hillary Clinton, but it has nothing to do with her being a “powerful woman”.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
You just can’t stand a powerful woman.

Now that’s just weak. I don’t like Hillary Clinton, but it has nothing to do with her being a “powerful woman”.
Interesting you picked up on the Clinton link, as I intended, yet utterly missed the humor therein.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
Check out David Boyd. He’s from my neck of the woods.
 
Written By: Eric
URL: http://
You forgot Iowahawk. A very funny site.
 
Written By: Foo
URL: http://
I think you got it backwards regarding LGF. He didn’t get the memo, he WROTE it.
 
Written By: megrez80
URL: http://
Success begets success.
 
Written By: Sissy Willis
URL: http://sisu.typepad.com
One site that’s missing is FreeRepublic.com

While not a personal blog like the ones you cite, it is of the Right, actually was the first one to analyze the phony Rathergate documents and is widely read for its links to all the major news outlets.
 
Written By: moneyrunner
URL: http://moneyrunner.blogspot.com/
For all of those who think that all Jews support the Liberal Left there is the Rogue Jew. A Jewish guy from the midwest who happens to be a Right Winger. He puts a humorous twist on current events and verbally destroys the Transportation Security Adm.
 
Written By: Chris
URL: http://roguejew.blogspot.com
While not exactly political, and certain not focused on domestic politics, Belmont Club is one of the best critical analysis blogs on the war. Wretchard has done an amazing job, and events have proven him right far more often than not.
 
Written By: Big D
URL: http://
Amazing how your analysis lines up almost exactly with mine.

Powerline has always given me the "we’re not snobs, we’re just better than you" vibe. I can understand people with very high traffic not wanting to spend a bunch of time policing their comments, but it’s always seemed that they could just care less what anyone else thinks. Not having trackbacks is just pure laziness. 90% of the sites I visit each day I get to from following the threads that trackbacks create. It’s also the best way to find good, new blogs, rather than waiting for Instapundit to find and point them out.

I love Polipundit, with one notable exception (also applies to Powerline). Pop-up ads. I don’t mind Blogads or other non-intrusive revenue generation, but a pop-up on a blog is terribly annoying.

Wizbang, OTB and Volock are what group blogs should be, with WB and OTB winning bonus points for having very accessible "Recently updated" blogrolls to send you to your next desination. Volock loses a point just because. I mean, who really wants to sit around the faculty lounge all day?

LGF and Malkin could be written by the same person, if that person could switch gender at will. On the upside, Malkin doesn’t actually consider herself above corresponding with the "little people" and links to more than the same five biggies each day.

I think I may have read Hewitt once.

Just One Minute is, I’m sure, a wonderful blog, but he really needs to find a new topic. Haven’t we reached the limit of Plamegate related traffic? I demand a new scandal!

As to humor, IMAO has never really rocked my boat. Protein Wisdom (not only is Jeff completely deranged, he has some of the funniest comment threads ever created), Iowahawk, Lileks and With Cheese.

One glaring omission is Wuzzadem. John is the heir apparent to the Goldstein fortune.

Sorry, that’s probably the longest comment I’ve ever written.
 
Written By: Matt
URL: http://overtaken.blogmosis.com/
It is interesting to note that you can’t get a good handle on the news these days without also reading the bloggers.

For all the years of my life, I never realized how much the MSM monopolized and manipulated public opinion.

Who knows how Vietnam, the bumbling Carter years, the Bork hearings, etc. would have turned out if the the blog world had existed then.

I’m quite concerned about regulation of political speech in the blog world. Such regulation will inevitably lead us back to where corrupt interest groups can control public discourse, like they have with the MSM for so many years.

I host a political blog. I’m wondering how it will affect my issues over time.
 
Written By: Sam Basso
URL: http://www.poochmaster.blogspot.com
i like www.little greenfootballs.com

i also like www.israpundit.com

for accurate info on the middle east, nothing could beat these two.

also, www.memri.org is very useful for objective info



 
Written By: randy
URL: http://
You’re way off base on a couple of these blogs. Cole is hardly a "right-winger"; I’d put him just a hair to the right of center. With Bush in the war on terror, but not with the Republicans on a lot of issues, and usually to the left of them where he disagrees.

Power Line didn’t get vaulted into the spotlight by Rathergate; they were already a top-10 blog. They did briefly register on the general public’s consciousness as a result of Rathergate. Most of the criticism of them seems to boil down to "They never link me!"

As for Hugh Hewitt and Captain’s Quarters, I agree that both of them articulate the Republican/Conservative take, but they do it out of conviction, not just as cheerleaders for their side.

RCP doesn’t really belong in this list.

Drum’s pretty mediocre; more honest than, say, Oliver Willis, but nowhere near as sharp as Matt Yglesias.

I like Maguire’s writing a lot, but the Plame story lost its fascination for me ages ago. I feel like I’ve walked into a roomful of people discussing a Russian novel I haven’t read.
 
Written By: Brainster
URL: http://brainster.blogspot.com
Interesting comments—the Belmont Club seems, to me, to be the most striking omission—Consistently top notch and informed analysis from a conservative perspective.

What I note as the major difference between the left and right wing blogs is the sheer gutter talking invective from the left wing—Gasp—did he say that? If anyone really wants to check they can count the f words and the ad hominums employed—In short, its an empirical question.

Trash talking, profanity laced invective in place of analysis: compare Belmont Club with anything written by Kevin Drum (or for that matter, EJ Dionne or David Corn)

Oh—did I mention I am a conservative? :)

And Pogue—Michelle Malkin is HOT
 
Written By: RogerA
URL: http://
Damn. Can’t believe we didn’t even make the long list, flying-standby...

We’ve got an important election coming up.
 
Written By: California Conservative
URL: http://www.californiaconservative.org
Interesting to see the comments about Balloon Juice. Cole starts off very well, but within a few weeks one runs into a post which surely makes it seem that he’s just whacked. I think that’s the only blog I’ve ever thrown off the blogroll.

I like Michelle M, no matter what anyone says. But her old picture was better.

Right-wing blogs have too many typos. Not as many as left-wing blogs, but still too many.
 
Written By: big dirigible
URL: http://bigdirigible.com
I agree that Malkin seems to draw ire like a magnet. Might not as much if she were a man saying the same things. But I do not place all the blame on readers.

She asks for it, in a sense, the way a person with a borderline personality disorder creates extreme dissent and then goes away satisfied.

The nasty comments confirm her in her views that her critics are pills, etc. She is a bit like the mother of Tony Soprano, eh?

Still, she can sometimes make a good point - eg re H. Miers.
 
Written By: cfw
URL: http://
Nice list, but don’t forget my favorite!

http://thepoliticalteen.net/
 
Written By: Manfred
URL: http://thepoliticalteen.net/
Oooh, ooh! You left out damnum absque injuria! How dare you!

Seriously, though, these "you left out X" or "another omission is Y" comments are wearing a bit thin. Jon offered his take on a group of right wing blogs he felt like offering his take on. He did not claim to review all million gazillion bazillion right of center blogs that are out there, somewhere. Hell, he didn’t even review Q and O!
 
Written By: Xrlq
URL: http://xrlq.com/
John Cole added a liberal writer, me, which ought to throw a wrench in the taxonomy thing.

Maybe you can add us to a third review of donklephant-type fence-straddling blogs.
 
Written By: Tim F
URL: http://www.balloon-juice.com
Actually, I have been a Republican since 1984, when I was attending GOP Youth Camp and Brooke County Republican party meetings at the age of 14. I don’t know if you would qualify me as ’conservative’ anymore, given that ’conservative’ anymore means exclusively socially conservative and very pro-party.

I tend to be more socially ’liberal’ in that I am against the war on drugs, I am against the death penalty (I don’t like giving the state the power to execute, particularly in a flawed judicial system that DOES make mistakes), and I am generally more libertarian on individual bedroom issues. On issues of national defense, gun owners rights, fiscal issues, free speech, limited government, and individual liberty, I am decidedly conservative. Or, before 2000, what conservative USED to be.

You all can make the argument that the Republican response to Terri Schiavo, sticking our noses in people’s relationships, massive spending, apparent rampant corruption, suspension of habeus corpus and individual liberties, and support for torture are ’conservative’ positions, but I am not buying it.
 
Written By: John Cole
URL: http://www.balloon-juice.com
I don’t have my own blog but here are the 3 right-wing blogs I contribute to:

Publius Pundit: You know all those obscure countries that attract drug-seeking tie-dyed backpackers, Maryknoll nuns, Sandalista NGOs, and anti-American activists? Places that attract no international news agencies, so the only thing you hear of them is from the leftists who say: they’re poor because we’re rich, send us funds, and let us ’redistribute’ the wealth?

Great unknown fact: Locals in these countries can’t stand them. Especially bloggers. And contrary to what the media and ’experts’ assure us about them not wanting or being able to handle freedom, the real story is, they want democratic revolution, bad, and are increasingly willing to stand up for it. We saw it in Lebanon and Ukraine, and it’s in places like Venezuela and Bolivia. We try to get as close to these democratic revolutions as we can, aggregating local bloggers who tell us the real story.

Babalu blog: As someone at Ace of Spades said of this no-apologies Miami Cuban blog: ’Castro-bashing at its very finest.’ But it’s also loaded with Cuban soul.

American Thinker: Brilliant people always focusing on new and orginal ideas and questioning conventional wisdom with an arsenal of expertise in professional areas. I don’t see myself as in their league but they tolerate my contributions anyway.
 
Written By: A.M. Mora y Leon
URL: http://www.publiuspundit.com
Most glaring omission is Tim Blair. Even though he’s way over there, he’s got more interesting things to say about over here than most who are actually over here.

And I’m not even over here but somewhere between there and here.

Now I have to scoot over to your left wing list and see if there are some worth reading.
 
Written By: bb
URL: http://www.crankypcv.blogspot.com
got to your reviews via instapundit, thanks!

agree with some commenters above—
polipundit: dependably partisan Republicans but in my experience, widely read
kausfiles: delightful writing, left of center commentary but rational and fiercely opposed to the echo chamber. not prolific. did I read that Mickey is dating Ann Coulter?
BelmontClub is somewhat metaphysical but right of center politically
as a former leftie myself, I’m a big fan of Michelle Malkin and FrontPageMag.com

I haven’t been reading DemUnderground since the election, but was surprised that it was not mentioned.
DayByDay by Chris Muir should be added to IMAO, etc. new (or new-ish) and wildly popular
billroggio.com and michael yon for Iraq war reporting.
 
Written By: Jim, Mtn View, CA
URL: http://
Good roundup, but you overlooked froggyruminations.com, one of the best milbloggers. Former SEAL Matt Heidt always has incisive observations on issues military and political, expertise few others have, and similarly informed and usually articulate commenters. More conservative than Republican, very pro-American, and that’s the way I like it.

Michelle M. is braver than the rest of the blogosphere combined.

Best blogger ever, no longer blogging (politically): Steven den Beste!
 
Written By: Peg C.
URL: http://
There’s another glaring omission from your list . . .
 
Written By: Patterico
URL: http://patterico.com
http://www.blackfive.net/

http://coldfury.com/

http://eddriscoll.com/

http://www.rogerlsimon.com/

http://www.samizdata.net/

http://sayanythingblog.com/

http://www.donaldsensing.com/

http://blamebush.typepad.com/blamebush/ (heh)

I would also throw in denbeste by default just for the archives but that’s probably too obvious.

They all might not be sufficiently right wing or popular enough, but besides your list I think they are all excellent.

For me, LGF will always be checked daily along with Instapundit. LGF was the first blog I read that actually spoke common sense about the war without being strictly conservative or liberal. I highly doubt that Charles is a republican but he was betrayed by his party, just like a lot of todays "right wing" bloggers and myself.

Balloon Juice and John Cole I still respect, but for me it is the comments section which is too moonbatty.
 
Written By: Jso
URL: http://
Politboro Diktat:
http://www.acepilots.com/mt

 
Written By: h0mi
URL: http://
"Seriously, though, these "you left out X" or "another omission is Y" comments are wearing a bit thin. Jon offered his take on a group of right wing blogs he felt like offering his take on. He did not claim to review all million gazillion bazillion right of center blogs that are out there, somewhere. Hell, he didn’t even review Q and O!"

True. But then, when you do a post like this, you are pretty much asking for that.
 
Written By: Patterico
URL: http://patterico.com
I don’t even know PJ O’Rourke.
 
Written By: Jeff G
URL: http://www.proteinwisdom.com
Jon offered his take on a group of right wing blogs he felt like offering his take on.
Well, the fact that he didn’t review my site was clearly the move of a big dummy. A glaring omission to any reasonable observer.
 
Written By: Rob
URL: http://sayanythingblog.com
Michelle Malkin the only woman? And she was already well known. You couldn’t think of ONE rightwing woman’s blog??? (mine comes to mind)

Well,I am a part of a consortium of rightwing women bloggers at The Cotillion. Blogging just aint for the guys you know.

Check out the chicks dude!
 
Written By: Rightwingsparkle
URL: http://www.rightwingsparkle.blogspot.com
I just want to say, you can’t possibly include everyone, so all you people complaining that someone was left out, go make your own list. Great job as far as I’m concerned.
 
Written By: Jay
URL: http://www.stoptheaclu.com
Boy, I’m not going to even attempt individual responses here.

Yes, I did leave off a lot of good blogs. Unfortunately, there are a lot of good blogs that I can’t read every day. (actually, I only ever read LGF or IMAO via links to specific posts, but I’m familiar enough with their work)

So, no, I didn’t really "forget" them. I just limited myself to some top blogs with which I am familiar.

However, I do appreciate the feedback, the additions and the commentary. By all means, tell me which blogs I’m missing. I’ve already seen a couple that I need to add to our blogroll so I can start reading them more often.

In the meantime, as noted, please....do your own version of this list. Review any blogs you like, be brutally honest and have fun with it. I’m always interested to see honest opinions about various blogs. (even QandO...as painful as it may be)
 
Written By: Jon Henke
URL: http://www.QandO.net
Glad Sparkle put in her two cents!
Cute, Blonde, and Southern.....hard to beat!
 
Written By: Greybeard
URL: http://Pitchpull.blogspot.com
Don’t forget Baseball Crank.

Lawyer, conservative, Mets fan, sabermetrician. Can’t beat that.

P.S. I can’t believe all these commenters are plugging their own blogs. Please don’t read mine.
 
Written By: Attila
URL: http://pillageidiot.blogspot.com
Great Post!! I admire a person who will go up on the skyline and lay it out for us—as you said, we may have our own faves—but you drove the dialogue—
now, am going after those right wing chics who blog—is this internet a great thing, or what?
thanks Al
 
Written By: RogerA
URL: http://
I wholeheartedly agree regarding Tom Maguire—an honest and intelligent blogger.

I just hope that Tim Russert doesn’t get that restraining order against him . . .

LGF has the scariest commenters this side of stormfront.
 
Written By: Geek, Esq.
URL: http://
"Remember that government report that said the "War on Terror" should really be called something like the "War on Islamist Jihadism"? LGF got the memo. All Anti-Islamism, all the time."

Got the memo? Reaaaaalllllly.

Snarkiness at the expense of accuracy.

LGF has been there from 9/11.
 
Written By: JB
URL: http://
i cant believe no one has mentioned Mark Steyn
 
Written By: a
URL: http://
This was a real hoot. Having a top seventeen, very unconventional, but I’m glad Assymetrical Information made honorable mention. There’s usually some very sapient commentary there. My least favorite on the list is The Corner. They just don’t seem willing to articulate a complete point when they feel a paragraph will do.

Now, is it really just a coincidence that your rankings generally matching the traffic rankings of these sites? I have a feeling we’re being toyed with here, seeing how N.Z. Bear’s ecosystem ranks them in much the same order...
 
Written By: Typewriter King
URL: http://typewriterking.blogspot.com/
No IraqWarWrong? The best parody ever of a half-literate anti-war blogger.
 
Written By: Joe M.
URL: http://
"You all can make the argument that the Republican response to Terri Schiavo, sticking our noses in people’s relationships, massive spending, apparent rampant corruption, suspension of habeus corpus and individual liberties, and support for torture are ’conservative’ positions, but I am not buying it."

You are, John, entitled to your opinions, just as we are ours. I just refuse to be quite so dogmatic that my subjective opinions are gospel. ;)

Jon, I realize I’m nowhere near a leading blogger, but I do want to thank you and the other guys here at Q and O for giving me a huge boost when I was brand new and for the links you give me. It a good feeling when someone whose opinion I not only respect, but trust a great deal, considers what I say worth sharing with someone else.
 
Written By: Jimmie
URL: http://www.sundriesshack.com
Here’s my list of favorites:

I like IowaHawk, Lileks, and of course Protein Wisdom for humor.

Best news-blog is Instapundit, so much so I’ve fallen into the habit of referring to it as "The News". Instapundit is the only blog I read every day.

My fave MilBlogger is Mudville Gazette. His "protester infiltration" posts were my first introduction to the word "Moonbat". (INDC of course did the definitive study.)

The best movies are Evan Coyne Maloney’s at Brain Terminal.

Chicago Boys is my favorite "brainy academic" blog. They lean toward discussions of economics.

Favorite legal blogs are Ann Althouse and Volokh.

Favorite foreign policy blogger is Daniel Drezner.

Lastly my favorite eclectic is Megan McArdle.
 
Written By: Favorite Blogs
URL: http://
I must modestly inject my own (different) right-wing blog, Daily Adult Joke.

In spite of the name, we cover politics, the middle east, and the world from a conservative viewpoint.

And then there are the pictures of scantily-clad girls.

I know it’s an odd mix, but I thought someone needed to put the lie to the "boring stiff conservative" adage.

But my hands-down favorite is LGF. No second place.
 
Written By: Mark
URL: http://dailyadultjoke.com
Also known as "moonbatcentral" This blog? is far and away the best source of information that I have come across surfing the blogs. I wanted to know just who George Soros was and what he wanted for my country. I spent 2 days finding out and I can tell you that I am more afraid of Soros that I am of bin Laden or the Zarqawi guy. Everybody should go there for information on liberals.
 
Written By: mannew
URL: http://.www.discoverthenetwork.org
A slightly right-leaning site, primarily an aggregator of news, commentary, and polling numbers. Updated continuously throughout the day. We’ve only been around for 3 months, but rapidly growing.
 
Written By: Jason Ward
URL: http://www.essentialpolitics.com
I’d like to mention one of my favorite blogs, Ultima Thule, written by Aussiegirl, who, as the child of parents who escaped both the Soviets and the Nazis, brings a unique perspective on the threats to freedom and liberty that are constantly emerging both here and abroad. She has time and again been one of the first to recognize and write about such threats. A good example is her long post on October 30th on Plamegate, in which she mentions her interview with Herb Meyer and lays out essentially the same series of facts and suspicions that Victoria Toensing voiced days later. But politics is only one of the threads that run through Ultima Thule. There are fine articles on literature, music, culture, science—all written with Aussiegirl’s wit and style. All in all, a good blog to visit on a regular basis.
 
Written By: Pindar
URL: http://
good post - elected republicans have turned liberal. A conservative blog that follows the party line loses conservative readers.
 
Written By: Stan
URL: http://
As for as conservative international blogs, the best was short lived. It was Diplomad. It was made up of a small minority of FSOs who weren’t taken in by the prevailing liberal ethic at State. They made a total mockery of the UN’s efforts to deliver aid to tsunami victims, comparing our and Australian successes in delivering aid via C-130s and aircraft carriers vis a vis the UN folks meeting at 5 star hotels in Djakarta to discuss priorities. Their blogs ceased on February 5, but their posts remain. Google Diplomad and read their posts. You will die laughing.

On the serious side, they had to be risking their careers operating the site. They claim they weren’t under pressure to close it down, but from the detail of their reprting, they were easily identifiable to their superiors. Rarely do we get an such an opportunity to see the true face of the UN and the European diplomatic corps.

God bless Diplomad.
 
Written By: Corky Boyd
URL: http://
I’ll visit here often. It’s worth noting that the press is finally getting something. The LA Times has endorsed 3 our of 4 of Arnold’s initiatives. The Times has been so far left most of the time they find it hard to find the middle. But something is working. Maybe it is us. Keep reporting and thanks for this web site.
 
Written By: Richard
URL: http://
Diplomad rocked. Totally. It was electric. Too good to last, I guess. Diplomad, if you’re out there, we want you back!
 
Written By: A.M. Mora y Leon
URL: http://www.publiuspundit.com
Four other good conservative ones I have not seen mentioned:

GOPinion: The best aggregator, a real source of the best of rightwing bloggery. Not only that, those people can seriously write a news lead.

Moonbattery: I am liking this one more and more, good creative outrage directed at the left and dumb people.

Parrot Check: When I need a shot of rightwing 200 proof. He writes about the Muslims and their dates with mushroom clouds and Frenchmen making their beds so they need to lie in them. Merciless.

Killcastro: When I need the 200-proof against Fidel Castro. And very articulate. Its name is derived from some street graffiti in Havana depicting local sentiment, that is all. But this group brooks no nonsense. Just reading the ground rules of that blog is invigorating.

 
Written By: A.M. Mora y Leon
URL: http://www.publiuspundit.com
(9) Red State—somewhat suprisingly, this overtly biased blog appears to actually be more interested in promoting conservative and libertarian interests than in blind flackery for the Republican Party.
I think that’s a compliment. I’ve chosen to take it as one. I suspect the rest of the collective did, too.
 
Written By: Thomas
URL: http://redstate.org
I’m disappointed that you didn’t mention my blog. I get a pretty consistent 1100 visitors a day—and I know from conversations that some of them are editors of newspapers and national newsmagazines. Quality, not quantity!
 
Written By: Clayton E. Cramer
URL: http://www.claytoncramer.com
I think that’s a compliment. I’ve chosen to take it as one. I suspect the rest of the collective did, too.

If you know Jon at all, Thomas, you’d know it was indeed a compliment.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Do people really hate M.M. or is it J.M. spewing the hatred of the left. A google search suggests M.M. could be a puppet.
 
Written By: splashtc
URL: http://
You want funny? You want Iowahawk!
 
Written By: gutta percha
URL: http://
Other commenters beat me to the punch re: Belmont Club and the Diplomad, whose loss indeed is grievous. Paler shadows of the Diplomad include:

dailydemarche.blogspot.com

newsisyphus.blogspot.com

Another highly lamented departed blog, whose posts one can still access, I believe, is, of course,

chrenkoff.blogspot.com

windsofchange.net is a good group blog with conservative leanings and often thoughtful posts regarding the Global War on Terror

zombietime.com has excellent photo essays exposing protesting moonbats at their worst

And David’s Medienkritik offers a good conservative perspective on Germany and its press:

http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/

This list should not be taken as a criticism of omissions from the original list; rather, as an additional resource, as I am sure are most if not all of the suggestions in the comments re: additional right-wing blogs

 
Written By: R. Marlowe
URL: http://
I’m disappointed that you didn’t mention my blog. I get a pretty consistent 1100 visitors a day—and I know from conversations that some of them are editors of newspapers and national newsmagazines. Quality, not quantity!
 
Written By: Clayton E. Cramer
URL: http://www.claytoncramer.com
Ditto as Rush might say. Over here at elgin tyrell aka: http://elgintyrell.com/ we produce a healthy saterical graphical editorial blog which goes by the coined term "Photorial". We have been generally successful in getting out three to five editorials a week, no bad for beginners. I read most of the above blogs regularly and recommend three as must reads, Hugh Hewitt, Instapundit and though not listed, Roger l. Simon.
 
Written By: Esbiem
URL: http://elgintyrell.com/
I like LGF, but the comments can sometimes turn quite nasty. Several commentors have definitely shown their true colors by writing blatantly racist remarks.

I would like to disagree with a lot of the comments, but the damn registration is always closed.

Very irritating.
 
Written By: Derek
URL: http://
We here at RHOG are highly offended at not being featured on the list, as are our fans, of which there are 2.
 
Written By: Patriot Xeno
URL: http://rhog.blogspot.com
no no mygoto, mr. roboto.
 
Written By: Shit Vicious
URL: http://
Derek: I treat LGF like I do Slashdot and Fark: I read the articles and follow the interesting links, and avoid the comments at all costs. Charles gets major credit for providing "no comments" permalinks for that reason.
 
Written By: Ian S.
URL: http://terran.godmonkey.com/
Just wanted to say that the phrasing of #13 made me laugh out loud. Even without knowing who Mark Morford is.
 
Written By: B. Durbin
URL: http://booklore.blog-city.com
Thanks for the link even if Frank J. didn’t Blogroll you.
 
Written By: spacemonkey
URL: http://IMAO.US
Want to read a funny site? Go to http://www.wuzzadem.com/
I was last seen ROFLMOA and don’t forget to read about Clippy!
 
Written By: TKTPLZ
URL: http://
It’s raining in Southern California today. The kiddies won’t be on the streets. It’s sad really, the dropout rate amongst that group is 50 percent. But their radio stations were urging them to get and run.

No black kids among them, though. No love lost either.
 
Written By: Champ
URL: http://
I am so ashamed that I wasted my vote on george war bush. What was I thinking? Why did I let my right wing extremist, neo-conservative, neo-evangelical thinking get in the way of exercising sound personal judgment? Growing up, I was led to believe that the republican party was a grass roots party of the people & for the people. In retrospect, it is clear that the last 3 presidents produced by the republican party were nothing more then the rich man’s rich man hiding under the disguise of the overly misused term, “conservative”. The economic dark ages of reagonomics fleeced the middle and lower classes of this county simply to benefit the rich and wealthy. George warmonger bush has quietly shifted this country back to those economic dark ages. Bush inherited a strong economy and squandered that real quick. And even though 9 -11 did happen, none of bush’s reckless decisions are in any way justified by that day in history. It is clear that he never had any real salient foreign & domestic policies when he became president in 2000. Now we have 4 more years of neoconservative republican lies and a growing body count overseas. When are people going to wake up to the truth that neoconservative political philosophy does not work for anyone but the rich and wealthy at the top? When are people in the USA going to wake up to the fact that neoconservative republican political philosophy does not even cross paths with reality?

Anyone who believes george war bush’s lies about promoting democracy in these middle eastern Islamic states is living in serious denial of reality. Those who believe bush’s lies are simply easy pickins and victims of logical fallacies. Historians and political scholars realize that to impose such changes on another country takes decades and that is only if it seriously adopted. Also, the very definition of democracy is not something that the United States has any claim of ownership. Even some communist states think that what they have is democracy. If we ever actually do get out of Iraq, nothing will have changed and nothing will have been gained. The American people have never been given a specific objective in Iraq or a clear definition of exactly what victory in Iraq is from the president. Invading Iraq never had anything to do with, WMD, freeing the Iraqi people or making Americans safer and secure. Statements about WMD, Freeing Iraq or Making America Safer are nothing more then a marketing spin used to hide the ugly truth and make the lies palatable to the American public and justifiable to the red necks who voted for him. Bush likes to make statements such as “It’s worth the price” but he never says just what exactly “it” is. If he really believes that, then he should put his money where his mouth is and send his little party animals to go fight in Iraq. The republican party claims to be for smaller less wasteful government but the current administration is responsible for the waste of more money, resources and human lives then any past democrat presidency. I have a hard time sleeping at night knowing that the blood of Americans and innocent civilians is on my hands and the hands of those who voted for george warmonger bush. The real legacy of the bush cabinet is going to be one characterized by lots of wrongful deaths, lots of money and resources wasted, unnecessary tax increases for our children and grandchildren and the unnecessary destruction of various social programs that good decent people count on.

Thanks to bush and his power hungry cabinet who all want to control congress, the senate & the supreme court, the USA is now a third world country with a disappearing middle class. Neoconservative agenda is to make the USA just like Mexico with the top 2% all rich and the rest of us poor. Now that I know that invading Iraq was all about oil and nothing more, all the senseless deaths of Americans and Iraqi civilians takes on a whole new meaning. It would appear that even the constitution means nothing to bush and his cronies. It has been reduced to something to be twisted and manipulated by neoconservative agenda to make the rich richer and screw over the rest of us. Now that the USA owes all these hundreds of millions of dollars to countries like China, Germany, Russia & Japan, I wonder which language I need to learn for the day when these countries come to collect…
 
Written By: Dracula
URL: http://
http://internationalpress.blogspot.com/

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel is about to stun the political world. Fox will take a hard left turn in its political coverage. Long known as the first choice among right wing Republicans, Murdoch hopes the move will place Fox just ahead of the rapidly changing trends of American politics. International Press investigative reporter August Riis has worked for weeks cultivating an insider who has been with Murdoch publications from the origins in Australia through the current media empire.
 
Written By: dana
URL: http://
http://www.cyburnyouthkip.blogspot.com/

Heres my blog
UKIP(UK Independence Party) is a British Anti-EU libertarian party

for more info on UKIP, visit their official site
www.ukip.org
 
Written By: Cyburn
URL: http://www.cyburnyouthkip.blogspot.com/
I’m really surprised you haven’t mentioned ’The Rose & The Oak Leaf’ which is a right wing Blog which supports the BNP. It has ties with a lot of Neo Nazi orgs as well.

http://www.theroseandtheoakleaf.blogspot.com



 
Written By: Blogger
URL: http://
The real conservatives are calling for a separate party. I hope to join it. The "spend and spend" and "create bigger government" party that is known as the Republican Party evidently endorses smarmy Foley and Hastert who protect us from those other guys, including the foreign terrorists and the homegrown gays. In the short run, rather than indulge in wish fulfilment thinking, we may have to vote Democrat to balance off the existing Republic greed machine, but then we need to get it together to truly create a Conservative Party, with true Conservative ideals.

Hastert doesn’t remember, Boehner wasn’t sensitive to the nature of what was going on. These are the people who voted for a bill to do away with habeas corpus? These are the Leadership of the Party. These are corrupted politicians who don’t ask, don’t tell. I have come to agree that these people aren’t Republicans at all but Liberals who "spend and spend" and "create bigger government." We do need a real third party, a conservative party that is compassionate, not the phony Republican Party that exists to feed the piggy snouts of those who now hold office. Let’s get these smarmy guys out, Foley and Hastert and Boehner, and the Abramoff crew including Mr Bush who, you may remember, was good friends with Lay at Enron, and the forty (?) others who have been convicted eating our taxes and depleting our Treasury. Where is the surplus that Clinton, another dummy, left us? The sooner Bush is gone and a real conservative takes his place, the better; in the meantime the only hope is to balance these clowns off with a Democratic majority for the short term.
 
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