| There's been plenty of talk about LiTW's new policy on featured writers, some of it constructive, some of it...well...a tad paranoid. And the accusations that have been flung about our loyalties in the wake of the discussion on health care, for example, have been pretty hilarious.
Of course, the majority of criticism against Matt specifically have come from a vocal minority with their own agendas and apparent keen insight into the hearts and minds of people they've never met, and normally I wouldn't bother responding, but during the discussion in the comments, I remembered this quote from the Missoula Independent profile on Singer from way back in 2007:
Not everyone in progressive politics feels comfortable with Singer's dual role as progressive political organizer and left wing blogger. Tester spokesman Matt McKenna says it's hard to know how to deal with the likes of Singer, who wears many-and very different-hats from time to time.
"Left leaning bloggers in Montana are trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up," McKenna says. "Do they want to be journalists, activist, insiders, strategists, or critics? You can't be all of those things. Yet that's what a lot of these guys are trying to do."
McKenna says it can be frustrating dealing with Singer, who at times supports Tester publicly, at times criticizes Tester and other Democrats, and at times attempts to reach out as CEO of Forward Montana for support.
I guarantee you that's a common, unspoken sentiment among many political insiders who are still uneasy with blogs, bloggers, and people like Matt.
It's probably worth reminding everyone, but this is a blog, and meant to be the personal political opinions and policy ideas of its writers. Sometimes our opinions change. Sometimes our interest and enthusiasm about different policies or politicians change. Sometimes our opinions don't match yours.