January 21, 2004


Jeff Jarvis explains whatís up with me, Roger L. Simon, and himself becoming more politically independent.

It makes us all biparty.
It makes us all flexible.
We are metropolitical.
Iíll tell you what I like best about being unattached to either political party. Democracy has more value to me now than it did before. I donít actually know who I am going to support for president in November. In every previous election, that was unthinkable. I was always against the Republicans, period.

Now I donít know. In some ways I like the Democrats, and in other ways I like the Republicans. This time around Iíll actually get to decide. Iíll actually make a choice. It isnít predetermined by anybody, not even myself. Democracy is all about choice, and those who are rigid party supporters donít get to know what that feels like. I feel more powerful having a choice, like what I say and think actually counts. I can think for myself in ways I only thought I could before. No one feeds me opinions with a spoon. No one I care about insists that since I believe X I must also believe Y. It was lonely for a while, but now itís nice. I like it. Iím free.

UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan writes:

Well, I've never tried to please everyone with this blog but the torrent of abuse and mockery yesterday because of my criticisms of the SOTU caused me a little grief. According to many Republicans, I'm selling out to the "hard left." According to some Democrats, I've finally seen the light, ha, ha, ha. How about applying principles to changing events and circumstances? It says something about what has happened to the Republican party that supporting fiscal responsibility is now the position of the "hard left." And it says something about some Democrats that you either have to hate this president or love him unconditionally. Why can't a grown-up have a complicated position?
You can, Andrew. Grown-ups don't give you a hard time for it.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at January 21, 2004 9:39 PM
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