Since almost all my friends in the US have complained about this blog not being in English I will write in that language during my trip here - and maybe also in the future. Anyway, today's great event was a meeting with the legendary blogger Bull Moose/Marshall Wittmann. Marshall started out as a young Trotskite in Waco, Texas but has since then worked with the Christian Coalition and Senator John McCain. Today he is affiliated with the DLC and politically he can be described as a hawkish New Democrat.
Marshall and I had a long and interesting discussion about the role of blogs in politics and he gave me some real useful advice. Naturally, I asked if blogs are here to stay and Marshall answered: "Think of it like when we got the telephone. Yes, it is here to stay". I plan to write a longer piece based on the interview/discussion with Marshall and some other meetings I have here. That text will of course be published on/linked to this blog.
Tonight at 7PM I will meet with four real interesting young Democrats (who also are my friends) at my favorite bar in DC: The Raven. I will record our discussion with my iPod and the idea is that they will give their view on the long-term future of US politics but also America as a country. Kevin works at the think-tank PPI and took his Master’s degree at SAIS, Brian works for Congressman Jim Cooper, Alissa works for Wolf Blitzer (who also went to SAIS) at the CNN and Brent is a true political animal who worked in the Dean-campaign and for the DNC in the 2004-elections. I anticipate a very interesting discussion and if it works out well I will write a longer piece about it, so keep tuned!