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10/14/2008 11:30 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Banned from RedState

Today I posted a reply to one of several Moe Lane posts about Acorn on the blog RedState. This is what I said:

"Acorn is a tough and often effective advocate for poor people. Acorn pressures both Democrats and Republicans on a host of issues. The portrayal of Acorn as a criminal enterprise exaggerates the sins of the voter registration efforts and ignores the legitimacy of the organization as a voice for people who are poor and marginalized. Like a lot of things that are raised during the later phases of elections, the over the top attacks on Acorn will have some effectiveness, in the short run. It will, however, reinforce and deepen the impression that the GOP is insensitive and hostile to poor people."

That was apparently sufficiently off message for Moe Lane to suspend my posting privileges on the RedState Blog. It was my fifth post on the blog over the past couple of weeks. I was registered as jamielove, which is a combination of my nick name Jamie and my last name Love. I think RedState is within its rights to only publish quotes from people who share a certain fairly narrowly defined set of views. We can argue over whether or not it's a free country these days, but it's certainly a free blogsphere.

I am surprised, however, that a fairly civil comment on a topic of so much interest at RedState was considered out of bounds. But given the nature of the conversation about Acorn at RedState and some other blogs, perhaps it was not so surprising. But back to the point I made on RedState that resulted in the suspension of my posting privileges. I do think that the over the top attacks on Acorn will "deepen the impression that the GOP is insensitive and hostile to poor people." I don't see that this is in the longer term interest of the GOP.