Posted on | August 23, 2010 | 20 Comments
Six weeks ago, I reported about Joe Miller’s Senate campaign in Alaska, and yesterday Ace of Spades endorsed Miller. Thanks to the Daily Caller, Ace now finds it necessary to point out that he didn’t do it for money:
I got annoyed when the Tea Party Express kept asking me to promote Joe Miller. I know they all get paid — they’re professionals. But instead of buying an ad and paying me, they just wanted me to promote their fundraising for Miller.
I didn’t push Miller the first day they asked because of that annoyance. But the second time, I realized what I was doing: I was taking out my resentment at the you-do-this-for-free conservative organizations against a very good candidate I would otherwise support, just because I was annoyed that it had been decided I was Mr. Cheap Date.
So I promoted Joe Miller, as I should have on Friday; I endorse him enthusiastically and without reservation.
You should read the whole thing, because it’s a very thoughtful examination of how money and/or the hope of money can influence bloggers’ thinking. I just checked my tip jar, and if Jeff S. in Walla Walla or Barry C. in Missouri ever needs a favor, hey, I’m there for you, man!
I doubt either of those guys is a campaign operative trying to influence my coverage, but even if they were, they haven’t demanded a quid pro quo. On the other hand, Jeff won’t mind if I say, “Go, Dino Rossi!” and I’m sure Barry won’t mind me saying, “Go, Roy Blunt!” And if they want me to say it again, I’ll be happy to oblige.
Expanding on my previous post, my key thought here — and I said this in an e-mail to Ace — is that the problem isn’t bloggers hustling for a few extra bucks here and there. Rather, the problem is these big-money “New Media consultants” who collect six-figure incomes for doing little more than sending out e-mail press releases. There ought to be some way to eliminate the middle man so that bloggers aren’t starving while the consultants get rich.
Speaking of which, Da Tech Guy didn’t get his share of the “blogola” loot, and the Lonely Conservative wonders how to become the Rich Lonely Conservative.
There’s now a Memeorandum thread, with commentary from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, John Hawkins at Right Wing News, Jillian Bandes at Townhall and Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. And one final point:
If you want perfection and purity, politics is not your business. Politics is people and people are fallen, imperfect creatures. Deal with it.
Amen, and read the whole thing. It’s 31 flavors of pure awesome.