July 1, 2005

I've got an idea

In dealing with angry commenter and part-time nemesis "Rope-a-Dope" in comments below, I struck on the idea of giving old Rope enough column space to hang himself by offering him his own post, free of charge.

I realized it was a pretty good idea. Old Rope, despite his dyspeptic nature and the fact he jumped ugly over a minor oversight, did offer some interesting and worthwhile opinions on Boland and which way he would jump. (Rope contends Boland's staying put, and gives reasons why.) His thoughts were buried deep down in a long string of comments and should be more visible.

Upon further reflection, I took it a step further. Why not give certain commenters a spot here, say once a week, where I'd give them a post of their own for them to say whatever they wanted?

They could be "guest posters" and offer their insight, opinions, views, recipes, gripes, jokes, visions, advice, or whatever. If I could get at least 7 of our more illustrious commenters to sign on, we could have a daily guest poster.

I like it.

So how 'bout it?



Political Wind,







LL Cool T,



even HeadUsher?

There's a good baker's dozen worthy candidates already.

And RawkEyelund, Corn Husker, None, even Miss Manners, haven't heard from her for a while.

(Wow, looking at that list makes me grateful for what a great bunch of commenters this site enjoys. Thanks to every one of you for what you bring to it!!)

Hell, I'd even give space to RepublicanJoe for some opposing views. I'd even be willing to let Dave and Senor Badbreath say their piece, if they promised to behave. It would force them to come up with something to say rather than simply reacting.

And though they've posted only once, the commenter with the exhaustive handle Shamalamadingdong21 really provided some great insight and would be welcome to become a weekly guest poster. (DownLeft, Carl Nyburg, and QCImages, your comments are great too, and I'm always happy to see them, but you already have your own blogs. And "ByGump", where'd you go? We miss you. Come back!)

Here's how it works. Contact me via e-mail through the link in the sidebar (or in comments, if you prefer) and say, "Hey, that's a great idea! Sign me up." We can then decide what day of the week would work best for you. (So don't delay or your day may already be taken) I'll fill you in on the few guidelines, and then you can submit your post to me via e-mail and I'll post it on your day to be honorary guest poster. Simple as can be.

In exchange, you'll get to share your wisdom, and brilliant ideas and views with the masses, and also experience the thrill of having people both praise you and question your sanity in comments. (Trust me, it's fun in a masochistic way.) And for some of you, it would be a good first chance to try your hand at being a real live actual "writer".

If you don't have something every week, don't sweat it. The world won't stop spinning. We'll play it by ear and make it work.

To paraphrase the words of the immortal Harry Caray, "LEMME HEAR (from) YA!" Let's do this! Don't be the last one on your block to get to be an official Dope Guest Blogger!


At 7/01/2005 7:14 PM, Blogger latinv said...

sure give me sundays....

At 7/01/2005 9:26 PM, Blogger texas QCer said...

This is a great idea. Not to jump the gun, but a good topic for right now would be Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement, and with Rehnquist's situation, what that could mean for the U.S. Supreme Court.

I mentioned earlier that replacing Rehnquist during the Bush Admin would likely be a zero sum game, as he'd just replace him with another conservative.

O'Connor could be a different story. Even though she was a Reagan appointee, she seemed to be a Centrist who came down on our side on important issues like Roe v. Wade. Losing her spot to a Bush nutcase would be a disaster for the country.

I didn't think the filibuster would have to be exercised so soon, but I see a major battle looming over this one - GW never ceases to amaze me with the ridiculous nominations he sends forth for key positions.

At 7/01/2005 11:14 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

I love the idea, and appreciate the kind offer. I would love to do it, and I suspect that doing so will be the first step in my efforts to win the pulitzer.

At 7/02/2005 12:58 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

So far, so good. LatinV was first in line, followed by YoungDem503, and Dissenter (a real catch)

How about it, TexasQCer? Are you in, or is you out?

And yes, I've been meaning to post the story about O'Connor, but it was late in the day and I figured it would be news to no one. But I still will put something up for the sake of giving people a place to comment about it.
It's pretty ominous news, at least to me, meaning as it does that the nuclear war over confirmations is at hand.

All you other fine commenters, sign up now, or forever simmer in jealousy when your compatriots get all the glory.

At 7/02/2005 8:09 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Sign me up. I'm in.

At 7/02/2005 8:29 AM, Blogger texas QCer said...

I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the offer. It will give all of us a chance to win a Peabody. Or maybe two (are you listening Bill O'Reilly?).

At 7/02/2005 1:29 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

MaybeSomeday and TexasQCer, thanks for getting on board what should prove an interesting project.

You'll need to contact me via e-mail, as that's how you'll submit your posts.

Your e-mail address and any identifying information will be held strictly confidential. But if you'd rather use an anonymous address from a free e-mail service, go sign up for one at Hotmail, Yahoo, or Google's G-mail, or whatever you wish.

I'll then let you know the few guidelines and assign your day.

So far, the founding members of the guest poster program are:

Thanks again... and to the others, there's still room for more!


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