Motley Moose is a community blog focused primarily on American politics. The site began as a joint effort by 25 active political bloggers (a healthy mix of long-time Obama supporters, ‘Clintonistas’, centrists, and Republicans) who had become tired of the trolling and flame wars found on many political sites. The idea was to build a post-partisan site that could move forward instead of looking back. Motley Moose springs from the rich history of progressive blogs, including MyDD (AKA, “The Blogfather”) and Daily Kos.
The Moose has grown far beyond those original 25 bloggers by becoming a ‘home base’ for many long-time as well as new political bloggers. In separating ourselves from the political blog herd, we set out to build a new place to gather that had clear lines of moderation, fostered a strong community, promoted reasoned discourse and well-researched diaries, and included a healthy dose of snark and dry wit. We are focused on political pragmatism and centrism because we believe that without a dialogue from all sides of the political spectrum, we’ll never be able to move forward, beyond partisanship and rhetoric, and make progress on the challenges we face. We have built a strong community on which the success of the blog rests, and we believe that one blog and one blogger can make a difference in the world.
We wholeheartedly believe that there can be progress through politics. We invite you to join the discussion!
Motley: Having elements of great variety or incongruity.
Moose: A reference to the Bull Moose Party (the first Progressive Party) and a nod to our Progressive Democratic beliefs.
The Moose was born on Wednesday, September 10, 2008.