If you're former Republican Party of Minnesota state chair Tony Sutton, who buried the Republican Party of Minnesota under 1+ million dollars of debt while bringing a burrito franchise chain to near collapse, you start a blog called Dispatches from the Trenches.
The subtitle? "One man's view from the front line of politics by political war horse Tony Sutton." That Sutton can assert that he's able to correspond from the front line should be somewhat discouraging to conservative accountants who had hoped the party boss and failed burrito baron had been put out to pasture.
There's some of that: readers are treated to Sutton's reflections on state parks, photography and the 48 Hour Film Festival, as well as his discovery that the Minneapolis Museum of Art doesn't just house modern art.
Who knew that Tony was such a connoisseur? Or, given his past membership on the CAGE board and opposition to racino, that he had taken a horse as his totem animal?
He also provides a conservative viewer's guide for the long-running telenovela Emo Senator with the post Quist Versus Parry in the First District.
Given his newly public appreciation of art and beauty, the design of his blog disappoints with its tiled trench warfare photo and gloomy palette, although the gracenotes in his writing easily rival those of the homonym error master of the left. Bluestem hopes that Sutton will tart the place up a bit visually.
In the spirit of blogger camaraderie, Bluestem offers one suggestion: the addition of an author's photo. Fortunately charming images of the blogger abound; Bluestem is especially fond of Tild's photoshopped image at the top of this post, and through the miracle of Creative Commons licensing, Mr. Sutton is free to use the image at no cost, provided that he attributes the source.
Image: The famous Tony Sutton peso, by Tild, perfect for blogging from the trenches. For an example of a nattily dressed new Wordpress blog, Bluestem recommends Thug In Pastels, by SEIU leader and DNC member Javier Morillo.