May the Swartz be with you


After my last post on Michael Swartz of monoblogue, he responded in the comments:

All right, in this case I have to admt I blew it. My mstake was assuming you were fed the information, but the research would have been nice to see prior to the piece you wrote about the Sun article. I had a couple pieces of the puzzle and you had the picture. So I apologize if you were offended by my remarks.

Yet the subsequent posts sort of make my point: the friend you spoke with after her meetings with David Craig and Ron George could fall into that five or ten percent of the voters for whom the pro-life issue is most important. Indeed there is a significant amount of mistrust there, and the Democrats know this too. They see social issues as a way of voter suppression – if they discourage pro-life conservatives from showing up at the polls by making it sound like our candidates have to move to the so-called “center” then there’s fewer voters to convince.

Why do you think the polls showing Amercans were more pro-life weren’t more widely trumpeted? That goes against the narrative that pro-choice is the “center” when in fact their position is the more extreme.

First of all: apology accepted. With various candidates and campaigns going after people who write things they don’t like over the past few months ( including false allegations of some bloggers being paid shills), it’s important to push back against anything that hints of that.  That is my primary concern with this issue.  I’m used to being underestimated and what happens when people assume things, so that doesn’t really bother me.

I would agree with Swartz’s words earlier this year that Democrats in Maryland really don’t think enough about Republicans for them to even worry about his concerns. I found the 1992 Sun article about Larry Hogan and abortion to be newsworthy enough in its own right to write about while I was still doing the rest of my research on candidates on the issue. I’ve been interviewing sources over the past few days who were involved in GOP politics in the 5th District back in 1992 and I hope to have more to say on that soon.

In addition to the comment above, Swartz updated his original post with this line:

(Update: As it turns out, it was Jeff himself. My mistake originally was in assuming he was fed the information, not realizing he has an extensive pro-life background.)

This was gracious of him. I would add to it by saying my research background is more extensive than my pro-life background.

Swartz also has a baseball analogy-filled post full of vagaries and passive aggressive platitudes and navel-gazing up today:

There’s an old saying that you draw the most flak when you’re over the target. Well, over the last six weeks or so I must have been circling around the heart of the Maryland political conversation because I’ve seen my name in a lot of other quarters and have had to defend myself a lot. It happened again yesterday.

I actually was in the midst of writing a long, drawn-out post to rehash these assumptions when I came to a conclusion that I have better things to do, thus I broomed it. Just leave the past in the past and concentrate on being a better, more effective writer and better man. So I apologized to the latest writer for any misunderstanding.

I appreciate the apology, but I’m not sure Swartz is the straw the stirs the drink regarding the latest things written about him so much as it’s evidence of a struck dog yelping.

More from his latest:

Me? I’m just trying to stay in the starting lineup and trying to decide who I think will be the best leader. Once in awhile I toss a wild pitch but I believe I throw mostly strikes, and those umpires who stop by here generally agree. Maybe the other bloggers feel differently about their roles, but I look at my job as one of keeping the team in the game. I may be the hoary veteran of the bunch, but I still want the ball every day so I can help the team. I’m all about turning things around and getting us that long-awaited championship, rewarding not just our long-suffering fans but everyone else, too.

As far as hoary veterans go, he may be in that role here in Maryland for bloggers. He has done well to keep his blogging going for over 8 years. I’ll just note for the record that I’ve been aggregating news stories and blogging since 1998 on various platforms and I’ve been active online politically for just shy of twenty years. As my long-time friend Stacy McCain said about me recently:

Jeff was a blogger before anybody had ever thought of the word “blogger.”

I had a nice chat with Swartz the day of the GOP convention in Annapolis and I harbor no ill will toward him personally. For that matter, I harbor no ill will personally toward any bloggers or campaign operatives. That includes the ones who have done vile things against me personally. I just feel sympathy for them and keep them in my prayers.

I’m assuming (yeah, that’s not necessarily a good idea) that the greatest source of emnity over the next few weeks between Swartz, an Ohio native, and me, a Clemson fan originally from South Carolina, might be over the Orange Bowl game between the Buckeyes and the Tigers.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Jeff Quinton