This could all simply be because it's too early in the day; as most of you have probably realized, I tend to post pretty late at night. I find it easiest to think and write at that point.
But in answer to the Bear's question... Yes. I've gained a deeper appreciation for those who can articulate a logical approach why someone would be a staunch Democrat or liberal (or both!); and while I can understand and relate to them, I am more convinced it's not for me (nor most people). At the same time, it's helped me clarify what about the right that bothers me, and be more wary of it - and also what I do like and feel strongly about.
In other words, it has made me think more, and that's really the point. Thankfully, I (believe I) have always thought about issues - but blogging has made me think that much more, whether it be about politics, Judaism, or life. I ran into an old friend, G, in Baltimore a few months back. He noted,
What's great about this [blogging] is that you can see that there are actually other people out there who really think about things. It's comforting to see you're not the only one.Amen.