Ever been to Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland? It’s a great place, founded in 1782 in part by George Washington who was on the Board of Visitors and contributed to the school’s original endowment.
I’ve always found George Washington’s role with a Maryland college one of the first cases of leading Americans getting beyond their parochial state loyalties. To my knowledge, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and others never did much outside Virginia, but Washington and his aide Alexander Hamilton did much to demonstrate concern for what would eventually become a united country.
Washington College is the venue on Wednesday for an event, “Measuring the Pulse of the Political Blogosphere,” at which I’ll be speaking.
Others in the program are Matt Stoller of MyDD.com, Robert George of Ragged Thots, and Paul Zummo of Confirm Them. It’s a diverse group.
Matt Stoller is one of the nation’s leading organizers of younger, liberal, sort-of-grungish political bloggers. Robert George was Newt Gingrich’s speech writer and a brilliant guy who continues to be Republican despite kicking his party in the shins regularly on race issues. Paul Zummo has popularized judicial battles and helped to focus public frustration on Democrats who impede judicial confirmations.
The William James Forum sponsored event is open to the public and will take place at 7:30 pm in the Norman James Theatre at Washington College in Chestertown on the Eastern shore.
— Steve Clemons