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As much as I hate to admit it, some of the best work in the blogosphere has come from Corrente in the last three years.  I discovered Lambert towards the end of my stay at DailyKos when he wrote a brilliant essay about something.  I can’t even remember what that something was but I wrote a diary about it, now irretrievable.  I’m not trying to be flippant.  He really made an impression on me.  Damn Markos for archiving the diaries!

During 2008, Lambert was one of the few bloggers who trusted his instincts about Obama and the Democrats and what they were up to.  We haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on many different things but I appreciate the fact that I can go shoot my mouth off at Corrente and he keeps letting me do it.  Ideologically, we’re close on the political spectrum although we’re a bit less crunchy granola than Lambert.

His coverage of OccupyWallStreet has been excellent.  His coverage and participation in conferences to discuss the state of the economy has been exemplary.  He’s got a lot of top notch writers.  And he does it all for free- mostly.

If you’re not a blog site the size of Eschaton or DailyKos or Firedoglake, it’s bloody hard to make a living at blogging.  Not only do you have to create compelling content but you have to be listed in a lot of blogrolls and mentioned occasionally by the people who can send you an audience.  The left has not been kind to the blogs who got it right about 2008.  The Confluence is on only a tiny number of blogrolls as punishment for our sin of being pretty in your face about how stupid the left was.  But Corrente has made peace with the left and even though it gets mentioned more and has more of a political impact than we have, it needs to keep going to become a big player.   And we need blogs like Corrente and The Confluence to present a different perspective on what it means to be progressive and liberal, and what the penalty is for having the courage to dispose of the DNC’s pre-written script.  Preserving the right to be unpopular and not go along with the crowd because you know that it’s wrong is very important.   In the meantime, it costs money to keep the site going and Lambert warm during the cold Maine winters.

So, if you can spare a dime, head on over to Corrente’s tip jar and throw in some filthy lucre to say thanks for doing the thankless job and sticking with it.

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  1. $25.00 from RD. Who will make it $30?

  2. I added $50…who will make it $55?

  3. RD, thanks for the kind words and the help. I think this is the post you meant, from December 2007: Obama Stump Strategy of Conciliation Considered Harmful. The one that Krugman linked to! (And I don’t want to be a big player — I think if we had a network of 100 blogs each with 10,000 readers, we’d be more powerful and harder to attack than one blog with 1,000,000 readers and advertising and appearances on the teebee and all of that. But if we want a horizontal network like that, of many smaller blogs, then the smaller blogs need to get funded. The fuel tank doesn’t fill itself!)

    • Yep, that’s the one. More like that please.
      I agree with your network idea. That’s going to require that blogs like The Confluence stop getting the pariah treatment, especially since so many of them are following our advice.

  4. Forgot to say, I wish NJT went up to Maine, or I’d be on it! I think it’s so great that you went, and I wish I could.

  5. Can’t send money but Lambert, and Riverdaughter — I knew “what” I was reading when I encountered the two of your voices on the page. Democrats, from my generation — same issues and themes. I really appreciate being able to know the two of you in the blogosphere.

    • Thanks, Valentine. You’ve stuck with us from the very beginning. I really appreciate that.

  6. “But Corrente has made peace with the left…”

    I wouldn’t say that. Not at all. I’m more willing than lambert to advise working with (or, more properly, taking over) the Democrats. My great division with lambert is over the hopeless fantasy of third party politics.

    That said, I would contribute if I had more 95 cents to my name right now. But ad space can be given freely.

    You know what’s really infuriating? The clowns who, when they disagree with something a blogger has written, accuse that blogger of being “in it for the money.” WHAT money?

    And when ARE we going to start getting some respect for being right about Obama in 2008? The hard-core Obots are now few in number, but the hard-core Clinton-haters remain unchecked and unrepentant in their absolute arrogance. Isn’t it about time we told them: “Events have proven us right Obama. You were wrong, wrong, wrong. Unless you can prove that you have similarly impressive track records when it comes to making political predictions, STFU and defer to our superior judgment.”

    I say that, of course, only in the most loving way.

    • Er, I have been telling them that, which is why we’re not on any blogrolls. You know what they say, “one step ahead makes you a leader, two steps ahead makes you a martyr”.
      I’m not sure I believe what you’re saying about third parties. It’s going to be hard but it’s not impossible. The country is ready for it even if the politicians are not.

  7. RD, I’m the most cynical guy I’ve ever met. No rose-colored glasses cover these weasel-like brown eyes. Yet there must be a hundred people on Capitol Hill whom I consider somewhere between tolerable and admirable. That’s a hundred more than the Greens have, or will ever have.

    And then there are plenty of other Dems who would be “improvable” if we could squelch the corrosive effects of money in politics. Right now, third parties exist purely as GOP election committees.

    A lot of Goldwater supporters, Birchers and John Galt wannabes didn’t like the Republican party under Nixon and Ike. Some of these hard core rightists went the third party route — American Independent, Libertarian. The wiser ones — the ones who wanted to attain power rather than to bitch and complain from the sidelines — came up with a long-term plan to take over one of the two major parties.

    That’s what works. Go thou and do likewise.

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