Martin "Red Tory" Rayner has some thoughts on the Blogging Tories. I'll add my own ponderings in a bit.
FURTHER PONDERINGS: There is soooooo much that can be added to Martin's philosophizing, but here's the perfect example of why Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tory aggregator is, quite simply, utterly valueless.
Ignore, if you will, those members of the BTs that are nothing more than shrieking, illiterate dingbats, racists, homophobes and retards -- you know, Dr. Roy, Paul at Celestial Junk, Kate McMillan, Neo Conservative, the "late" Frank Hilliard at Mesopotamia West, the annoying children at The Politic, and so on. Really, let's just put the idiots aside and give Taylor and his collection of right-wing howler monkeys the benefit of the doubt.
Perhaps the funniest example of the utter dysfunction of the Blogging Tories is (as we've described before) the bizarre behaviour of BT member Sandy Crux, described by fellow BTer Raphael Alexander here:
Conservative, but non-partisan blogger Sandy Crux, has issued a challenge to expose bias which is openly positive liberal, or anti-conservative in tone.
Um ... hold it right there. As we've pointed out before, it's tough to tout yourself as "non-partisan", only to publicly take up the challenge of ferreting out only a certain flavour of media bias. But it doesn't end there.
Again, as we've described earlier, Sandy has also taken on the job of touting the stellar accomplishments of the Stephen Harper Party of Canada, promising to let us know about them on a weekly basis, while carefully ignoring any indication of Conservative failures or broken promises, and while pumping up that list with "accomplishments" of dubious legitimacy as we plan on documenting here starting soon. So what's the lesson here?
Simple -- the lesson here is just how functionally broken are the Blogging Tories when they've lost any idea of what the phrase "non-partisan" even means. Sandy doesn't appear to be a drooling moron, but even she has lost any contact with reality when she thinks that non-partisanship involves presenting a relentless and unwavering ideological point of view, even when she has to make shit up to do it. And if Sandy is one of the saner folks over at Stephen Taylor's Hillbilly Hoedown, that just shows how weirdly twisted their worldview really is when none of them even know what being non-partisan means any more.
As Ti-Guy once suggested, the best way to describe the current crop of BTs is that they provide no useful information of any kind. Quite simply, it's just mindless, lockstep Stephen Harper worship, 24/7. And what's the value in that?