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A Show of Unity in the Blogosphere

By Alex Remington

In the highly polarized political blogosphere, everything is divided in two. It's unusual for bloggers on the right and left agree on anything. But a striking number of voices on both sides seemed to agree on one thing last night: They were glad Terry McAuliffe lost in the Virginia gubernatorial primary.

Internet progressives were perhaps more vehement in their euphoria that, as The Nation put it, "'Not McAuliffe' Wins!". To many bloggers on the left, the former Democratic National Committee chair was forever identified with the Clintons and what Jacob Heilbrunn called "an earlier era". He was blamed both for his ties to the Clintons and for having "singlehandedly re-demolished Hillary Clinton's" chances in 2008. His expensive loss was seen by many as a positive for the Democratic Party. Booman Tribune wrote: "If only more Democrats like him could be rejected, we might actually get some positive change in this country."

Many on the right shared the distaste, as Holy Coast echoed the Nation to write, "I didn't really care who won as long as Terry McAuliffe lost." The Patriot Room declared: "Bu-bye, Terry!". And TigerHawk said simply, "I've always regarded him as one of the most unctuous operatives of either party."

It's rare that so many voices from opposing ends of the political spectrum would agree about one candidate's campaign. Unfortunately, it's even harder to imagine that all these bloggers could ever agree on anybody they actually liked.

By Alex Remington  | June 10, 2009; 11:29 AM ET
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mute swans - June 10, 2009

Let's see, 500 mute swans in a watershed of 64,000 sq miles and a bird population of more than a million, every migrating season, and residual pollutants and dangerous munition material popping up every once in a while, and dredge spoil island created from poisonous, heavy metal and material from paint,paper and chemical sites and ambiant mercury, hog and chicken can they find these birds in all this garbage and poison and why would the state want to have people looking at all that garbage rather than a few hundred birds that most people think are beautiful? What will we look at, now? the red tides? Mute swans remove algae that shadows the SAVs, thereby killing it....they pay their way and as in so many things to do with the Bay, in just a few years the agencies and citizens will know they removed something good they could have kept. The Ornithological Council in the November issue of their newsletter stated that "The agencies are not scientists!" They got THAT right. Stop killing the swans, there is too little beauty in the Bay now.No agency report has EVER stated they are anything but a minor factor in the health of the Bay and they eat the algae,which is a good thing. Director Griffen should be ashamed of himelf, he sounds like he knows nothing about the subject learned over the past ten years. he is living in the past, when the agencies knew very little about eelgrass, swans or anything else...The Council was right, the agencies are NOT scientists!

Posted by: WetlandsSaver | June 11, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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