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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
 
Polipundit Loses Its Star

Lorie Byrd resigns from Polipundit due to an edict that all bloggers over there must toe the line on immigration.

I received a lengthy email from Polipundit tonight alerting us to an editorial policy change that included the following: "From now on, every blogger at PoliPundit.com will either agree with me completely on the immigration issue, or not blog at PoliPundit.com."

That's about as dumb an edict as can be imagined in the right-wing blogosphere. Group blogs succeed when they have a general direction, but different voices and different opinions. When you shut out differing opinions on an issue, what are you really doing? You're acknowledging that your stand is not strong enough to withstand vigorous debate.

Lorie's the superstar over at Polipundit; I like the others but it was her intelligent and sharp commentary that made Polipundit a destination blog instead of a jumping off point.

I've been avoiding writing about the immigration issue even though it's obviously the hot topic right now. Basically I think immigrants help the country. Are there problems with illegal immigration? Sure, and I'd support the wall to solve that problem. But I'm not going to bash Mexicans for coming to America in search of a better life. We need more legal immigration (and less illegal immigration). Polipundit (and La Shawn Barber) appear to be saying that if Bush does anything other than deporting all the illegals in this country, they'd rather sit on their hands than support the Republicans. That's their right, but it's our right to tune them out when they do.

See also Dafydd, who delivers a much deserved smackdown to John Hinderaker.

Chris takes the other tack, but responsibly. I don't agree with him on the Constitution Party (third parties never accomplish anything but wounding their closest allies), but he's taking the sane road as compared to Polipundit.
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