Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 | 18:49 | SYDNEY
Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 | 18:49 | SYDNEY

American political blogs you should be reading


Sam Roggeveen


23 October 2008 13:17

My thanks to The Washington Note's Steve Clemons for his praise of The Interpreter, which he mentioned in his survey of Australian political blogs.

It occurred to me that, particularly in this immediate pre-election period, Australian readers might find a similar survey of American political blogs useful. So here, in no particular order, are the blogs I read regularly, with a comment on each:

  • Andrew Sullivan: A conservative for Obama. Sullivan's critics are right — he is emotional and flighty and takes his disagreements with the religious right too far — but he's also brave, provocative and incredibly prolific.
  • Ross Douthat: One of a new generation of thinking conservatives on the US scene, though his blog has taken second place to long-form writing lately.
  • The Washington Note: Centrist and foreign policy-focused, editor Steve Clemons seems to have endless contacts in Washington, and he doesn't stint in sharing the gossip.
  • George Packer: Senior New Yorker journalist who doesn't blog often, but when he does, it's usually to say something smart and penetrating.
  • Talking Points Memo: Democrat-leaning and focused on politics rather than policy. Good at what it does and something of a pioneer in blogging as journalism, but don't expect deep policy analysis.
  • Swampland: By Time Magazine's political team, including the inestimable Joe Klein.
  • The American Conservative: From the Buchananite magazine of the same name.
  • Kevin Drum: Quality left-of-centre political blogger, along with...
  • Matthew Yglesias: Something of a left-wing traditionalist, inasmuch as he wants Democrats to return to their foreign policy roots rather than copying Republicans.
  • The American Scene: Right-of-centre group blog. Eclectic, high quality writing and something of a design inspiration for The Interpreter.