Monday, August 23, 2004

What is NewDonkey.com?

It's an unofficial weblog sponsored by the Democratic Leadership Council, written by yours truly, Ed Kilgore, a veteran operative with one foot in the world of ideas and another in the world of practical politics -- in other words, a two-legged New Democrat, or new donkey.

The word "unofficial" should be noted here. Yes, the news and views expressed here reflect the DLC's New Democratic philosophy and outlook, and yes, if felonies are committed, the DLC will have no choice but to accept legal responsibility prior to firing my ass. But on the other hand, if what I write here annoys or offends you, don't blame Al From or Bruce Reed. Give these men the courtesy of letting them annoy or offend you in their own words.

True New Dem aficionados may wonder whether this blog overlaps with the DLC's commentary, idea and message post (and email), the New Dem Dispatch. So here's the deal: New Dem Dispatch -- think authoritative, institutional voice, magisterially surveying the political and policy landscape and delivering op-ed length gems of wisdom; NewDonkey -- think pithier, and more irregular posts, often simply linking to material of interest, varied by the occasional smart-ass riposte or high-dudgeon tirade.

While NewDonkey is a mainly a political and policy blog, I reserve the right, which I regularly abuse, to delve into matters like religion and college football from time to time.

While the blog will endeavor never to be "magisterial," I have an Old School attachment to complete sentences and coherent thoughts. I know this is a violation of the months-old canons of the blogosphere, but you'll get used to it.

There's one other thing you should know about the boundaries of this blog, which the success of sites like Wonkette makes necessary. You won't find much gossip, and nothing at all about my, or my colleagues' sex lives, such as they are. This is newdonkey.com, not nudehonky.com. And that reminds me of one more internal rule: no more than one bad pun per post.

The bottom line is that I'm doing this blog because it's fun, and because it may provide some useful information and entertainment to many of you. If it stops being fun for me, or informative and entertaining to you (as measured by the scientific method of weighing hearsay and buzz), I'll shut it down faster than a Meetup when the bar closes. So please give it a regular look.

Ed Kilgore

P.S. -- It's come to my attention that some people frequent this site not because of anything I write, but in order to gaze at the very cool logo at the top. Credit that to DLC Art Director Tyler Stone, who's considering a NewDonkey fashion line.
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