Dick Durbin Reaches Out to RedState
A new way of legislating
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Last week Sen. Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.) kicked off what was a first-of-its-kind experiment in legislating. The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate asked ordinary citizens and experts in telecom policy to share their thoughts and ideas about a national broadband bill that he would soon be writing.
Over the course of four days, Durbin sought feedback on the liberal blog Open Left. While I applauded his initiative, I also encouraged him to reach out to conservatives as well. It's not that the Open Left discussion wasn't open -- anyone could participate -- but I know how the blogosphere works well enough to realize that conservatives probably weren't going to trek over to a liberal blog to engage in the conversation.
Much to my surprise, the criticism was met with a positive response from Dubrin's office. His communications director acknowledged the oversight and offered to post on RedState to get input from conservatives. While I know some of you may be wondering why on earth we're inviting a Democrat to post on RedState, I see it as a good-faith effort to talk about an important issue.
Tomorrow morning Durbin will fulfill his promise. Then at 6:30 p.m. he'll make himself available to answer your questions. I know you may not like him or his politics, but he'd like our views on the subject of broadband policy. I hope you'll participate.
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I don't see this as a Democrat vs. Republican issue. President Bush in 2004 called for universal and affordable access to high-speed broadband. Many conservatives welcomed his goal as a way to spur innovation, new jobs and economic competitiveness.
As for tomorrow night's discussion, I'd like to point you to a comment left by "bs" last week:
I would hope that if Durbin did decide to engage at Redstate, we would afford him some degree of respect and stick to the issue at hand. The problem comes in when some nimrod decides to start beating on him about something completely unrelated, and my guess is that is why we'll never see him here.
We will see him here and have an opportunity to share with him our thoughts on broadband policy. His experiment has been success so far. I hope you'll choose to engage tomorrow night.