July 16, 2008
Robin previously called out Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight for excellent coverage of this campaign season. Now I’ve gotta lend a hand to the gang at Obsidian Wings, especially Hilary Bok, a.k.a. Hilzoy. It first came to my attention when one of the A-Listers plugged this post about Barack Obama’s legislative record. I subscribed, and ever since I’ve been impressed by the quality of thought, research and analysis there.
Yesterday, for example, Obama and McCain both gave major foreign policy speeches. This generated very typical news coverage and hyper-typical punditry. But it also fortunately generated a typical post from Hilzoy at Obsidian Wings, in which you get the sense that not only did she reserve comment until reading/hearing the speeches in question, but that she understood the deeper mental framework at play behind each speech. She’s solidly liberal, but seems to make few assumptions about her audience.