December 9, 2003

Blog Awards

Much to my surprise, it looks like I won two blog awards while I was out of the country. Iíd like to say Iím thrilled, but I donít think I really deserve either of them.

The first is for Favorite Left-of-Center blog from Right-Wing News, a dubious honor if ever there was one. (No offense to site owner John Hawkins, but it is a bit awkward, you know?)

I also won the Best Liberal Blog over at Wizbang.

I appreciate the nominations and the votes. How could I not? But look. Iím not really left-wing anymore. I suppose Iím still slightly left-of-center; Iím going to vote for a Democratic Congress next year and Iíd rather vote for a hawkish Democrat than for George W. Bush. But when you really get down to it, Iíve left the left. Not for the right, but for the middle. Iím an independent, a moderate, a centrist, an apostate, whatever.

During the 1990s my hawkish foreign policy views were a nice fit on the left. Isolationists were at home on the right. But the two sides flipped after September 11. Since the Democrats ran away from their prior convictions and I stayed right where I was, it seems to me ridiculous to say Iím the one whoís a heretic. But whatever. Ultimately it doesnít matter who changed and who didnít. The point is that Iíve parted ways with the left on the biggest question of our time.

I think I would have a much harder time winning a Best Centrist Blog competition. Roger L. Simon and Matt Welch would almost certainly cream me. But if anyone does feel like nominating me for something else in the future (and I profusely thank those who supported me this time), please bear this in mind.

Thanks, folks!

UPDATE: Oops. Looks like the Wizbang voting isn't finished yet, so I may not actually win that one. Sorry! I didn't pay close enough attention. I'm still a bit out of it and trying to catch up...

Posted by Michael J. Totten at December 9, 2003 2:21 PM
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