Okay, chances are you already read this somewhere else because either She’s Right is not your first stop on the VT Blogosphere, or She’s Right is your first stop, but you already came and went to another blog, since it is already after 9:00 am.
I’m sorry; I have kids to feed and stuff like that in the morning.
The news sending shock waves through the Vermont political blogging world this morning is that the much loved, and much hated, John Odum of Green Mountain Daily has left blogging.
Odum is the founder of Green Mountain Daily, Vermont’s answer to the Daily Kos. (Funny thing about that, I had never read the Daily Kos when I found GMD, and still only read it when it is linked – usually by a GMDer.)
Odum – and GMD – has been a driving force behind the political blogging explosion in Vermont over the last year.
I met Odum at the blogger BBQ at Burlington’s North Beach last summer, which he and popular VT blogger Philip Baruth of Vermont Daily Briefing co-hosted. Odum is a very personable guy, who did not deserve to be put in the position of having to choose his job (and by extension the welfare of his family) over his passion for political blogging. Not that anyone deserves that.
This is a great loss for political blogging. Odum’s thoughtful posts and comments kept GMD in the realm of sensible discussion. He was an anchor, a rock, keeping the blog focused on remaining relevant and holding it back from slipping into the realm of radicalism.
Surely, GMD will continue to remain relevant in Vermont political discourse, but with out Odum, it will never be the same.
Today, the blogosphere weeps.
(Links will be added as they come in)