The elephant in the blogosphere
Well, it's about time somebody said it, and I might as well be first: when it comes to Canadian politics, Glenn Reynolds doesn't know his back end from a hole in the ground:
And Capt. Ed Morrissey -- who can claim a major role in this development with his breaking of the publication ban on the Gomery investigation...
OK, Glenn, how about this: find a single prominent Canadian blogger who agrees that Captain Ed "can claim a major role" in producing a Conservative government. Come on, big guy, put your money where your mouth is on this.
Y'know Professor, I want blogging to gain credibility with the masses as much as you do. The difference is that I'm not willing to sacrifice my integrity to push that agenda.
What a disgraceful performance on the part of the world's leading conservative blogger.
Update: Well, on the one hand you have Tarantino, Selley, Staples, Flea, Russon and even a keen American watcher of all things Canadian, Donovan weighing in on the sane side.
On the other hand, you have Janke and Wild Duck, praising Captain Ed, but with enough provisos and caveats to make a lawyer cry.
And neither of them mentions how Captain Ed convinced Jack Layton to finally throw in the towel on his support for Martin's government - you know, the one he propped up after the Brault testimony.
Updater: Kate, as usual, doesn't pull any punches. Read her assessment in full, because not only does she support my basic premise, but she rounds it out by giving credit where it's due:
His role was important, but it is more appropriate to credit him with exposing the Canadian blogosphere to a broader Canadian audience, through the controversy created when he published the (briefly) banned testimony. A good many SDA readers discovered each other by following the link from Captains Quarters back to here.
That was an extremely useful development for conservatives, and the furthering of a conservative agenda in Canada, and it's going to be exciting to see how that develops in coming months - and provincial elections, where a strong blogosphere might have far more influence than it does on the national debate.
I wish I'd written that. Here's what I did write prior to this post:
I enjoy reading every single one of the American sites I reference above. But I exhort each of these pundits to please, please, please stop saying a blogger was responsible for anything the Canadian Parliament or the Canadian voter did this year. You're doing your American readers a disservice by misinforming them, and you're hurting your own credibility with Canadian readers.