Armando of DailyKos and Josh Trevino of Red State/Tacitus have co-founded their own blog, entitled Swords Crossed. Both are unabashed partisans, which in the current climate makes their friendship and commitment to honest dialogue all the more impressive. Certainly, the statement of purpose given by Armando is heartening:
To me, this is the important first principle that allows for honest engagement on issues and politics. I hope that participants at this site can take that approach as well. While both liberals and conservatives may marvel at the positions each of us holds, perhaps we can understand each other better by discussing them here.
That requires a leap of faith. Josh and I are taking that leap. We believe that each of us has arrived at our positions based on honest examination of the issues. We believe that it will be fruitful to discuss these positions and our thought processes in arriving at these positions. We believe it will be helpful to examine the underlying factual assumptions upon which our positions lie.
I hope this new endeavor lives up to those high principles, and give it a warm welcome to the blogosphere.