For American readers…and any European readers who are interested in the arcana of American politics:
Redstate is fundraising in order to refurbish their website.
If you’re not familiar with the site, I recommend you stop by and consider a donation to the project.
In addition to book reviews, they have a state-by-state breakdown of conservative websites and a link to Human Events. They also do interviews of writers, politicians, etc. and provide a link to buy conservative books very cheaply.
Most importantly, Redstate is not just devoted to the current presidential campaign — though I found it invaluable for that during the run-up to the last one in 2004.
I think it’s worth donating to, mainly because there are no George Soroses waiting in the wings to give the big bucks to conservative websites. Historically, it has been individual donations that keep the Right going, while the Left can be assured of the unions, Hollywood, Silicon Valley (including good ol’ Bill Gates).
Their new upgrade will include:
- improved tools for state and local blogging
- online activism channels
- enhanced social networking
- a conservative job/volunteer board
- special tools for easier posting
- tools for tracking new comments and total comments
- user access to comments
- ability to track recent activity on the site
Hmm…I notice that Gates of Vienna is not on the state listing — Virginia — of conservative blogs. No doubt this is because we spend so much time now in Europe, where the darkest clouds are gathering.