The distinguishing feature of Ricochet will be its unique format, which promises to look unlike any other site on the net. “It will not be a news aggregator, or a megachat like Daily Kos, but instead will be a feed like Facebook or Twitter or Tumbler,” says James Poulos, Ricochet’s managing editor. Approximately 40 contributors will have an online conversation that is akin to a conservative cocktail party.
I’m actually inclined to agree with Dan Riehl that conservatives are already having plenty of fun on the web. Robert Stacy McCain complains that he wasn’t invited and that his team should devote their efforts to electing more Republicans.
I would rather that they devote a little time and attention to having Republicans not, you know, ruin the country once they take power again. After the Bush administration left the country with two quagmires and an economy on the brink of depression, I naively expected conservatives to spend more time thinking about why that happened.I haven’t seen the “Boy, Were We Wrong on Iraq” issues of either The Weekly Standard or National review. David Frum, the one-time enforcer of the right made a high profile effort to rethink some things and seems to have become a persona non grata on the right. Fair enough, I never cared for Frum anyway and I don’t think that he has rethought his views on the Iraq disaster. But I have noticed that Rod Dreher also drifted away from NR after his views mildly evolved a few years back. If you go back far enough, you would find that Andrew Bacevich used to appear in National Review before committing the sin of being right on Iraq. I don’t see that Ricochet has invited Bacevich to join in the conversation. I guess he isn’t much “fun.”
They will, however, have Andrew Klavan, Victor Davis Hanson and Haley Barbour. I’m having fun already.