Those "centrists," the people who can be convinced to swing Democratic in one election and Republican in the next, who don't make up their minds until the night before an election or just run in the voting booth and pull all the top levers are probably not engaged in the political dialog to the point that they will want to "interact" with those who bring them their news. They might be stupid, apathetic or working three McJobs just to make ends meet but they're probably not going want to spend their leisure time shootin' the shit with VandeHei. People who are engaged political junkies tend to have strong opinions and they want to interact online with others who are like minded.
If anyone out there is wondering why this site exists, this is why. I simply don't accept that the statement I've placed in bold is true.
Let's put aside the breathtaking ignorance and arrogance of the rest of that comment for a moment. We shouldn't be interacting only with "others who are like-minded," and I don't believe that most political junkies really want that and that alone. That's why this place exists--it's a neutral ground where everyone is welcome, and anyone can discuss, debate and interact with people who may have radically different political ideas. Let's face it--our country has been too polarized politically for quite some time, and Hamsher is contributing to the problem. If we can't talk to one another, if we can't understand or at least see where the other side is coming from, then we can't ever find common ground. How then are we going to move forward?
And, for the record, I am a moderate who thinks deeply and at length about politics and issues. I don't know the voter she describes. I do know that she is hurting her cause more than she is helping it, again.