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Markos Zúniga and Michael Krempasky, two prominent bloggers who do not aspire to the adjectives “Centrist” or “moderate,” and who inhabit political spaces remote from one another, find perhaps their sole common ground in the cause of protecting free speech on the Internet.

They’ve written a joint letter and shipped it out to the House membership:

We write to you again today, from the right and the left, to urge you to support free speech online by passing H.R. 1606 next week. While there are interesting proposals being offered to provide a comprehensive “fix� for Internet regulation, Congress needs to pass the Online Freedom of Speech Act now and consider long-term answers later.

H.R. 1606 would preserve the status quo which governed the 2004 election cycle and beyond, one in which a vibrant blogosphere empowered millions of citizens to influence national politics, leveling the effect of wealth on the electoral process, and without any of the corruption which its opponents now fear. Its passage would send a strong message to the Federal Election Commission to tread lightly when it comes to the Internet, telling it that Congress does not wish to stifle online citizen participation in the political process.

You might be interested in learning more about that.

And for a lesson in the state of the two wings of our national house, at least as represented online, take a look at the comments thread on the respective sites, where each of them has posted the letter. DailyKos here, and Red State here. Is there hope?

Draw your own conclusions, write your own dissertation, or pour your own drink to drown your sorrows, as the mood strikes.