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Chron: Bloggers spreading 'netroots' in influence

The Houston Chronicle discovered the blogosphere this weekend. And it typical MSM fashion they still don't completely get it.

Bloggers spreading 'netroots' in influence

WASHINGTON - Democrat Howard Dean electrified presidential politics in 2004 with his campaign fundraising on the Internet and his online campaign log. Just two years later, his breakthrough seems almost Paleolithic.

As the political world prepares for this year's congressional elections and the 2008 presidential race, a cadre of highly influential bloggers -- unfiltered commentators who use the Internet to keep their dispatches snappy, fresh and free of charge -- have the potential to revolutionize the electoral process.

With the speed of a keystroke, "netroots" are overtaking grass roots as a key energy source in American politics.

"In the presidential primary, it's all going to be on the blogs, that's where it's happening and that is where the early narratives on the election are all going to be laid out," said Mathew Gross, a political consultant who was Dean's director of Internet communications. "It's a small pool of people, but they are very active."

Depending on your view, blogs either are the scourge of reasoned debate or the unedited voice of the people, keeping watch over politicians, culture and mainstream media. [can't we be both? -ed]

So the Chron just discovered blogs and has figured out they are important... I wonder why they are running this story now?

Oh I get it...

Markos Moulitsas, author of Daily Kos, a popular liberal blog, published a column on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Washington Post last week that amounted to a blogger manifesto. He excoriated the presumed Democratic front-runner in the 2008 presidential race for failing to learn the lessons of the Dean campaign.

"No longer would D.C. insiders impose their candidates on us without our input; those of us in the netroots could demand a say in our political fortunes," Moulitsas said. "Today, however, Hillary Clinton seems unable to recognize this new reality. She seems ill-equipped to tap into the Net-energized wing of her party. ... She may be the establishment's choice, but real power in the party has shifted."

Now I understand why a story that should have been written 2 years ago... The reporter babe wanted to give Kos some ink. Unfortunately, she picks potentially the worst quote from that train-wreck he wrote for the Post. YES the power of the Democratic party has shifted. To the loony side. The rational Democrats need not apply. And Kos takes Hillary to task for not kissing is feet? PLEASE. What is Kos like 0-17 at getting his candidates elected???

Unlike the whole rest of their party, the Clintons actually know how to win elections. And aligning yourself with the kook wing of the party ain't gonna get you into the Oval Office. Presently the lefty blogospehre is dominated by the kook wing of the party. It's no wonder Hillary is staying away.

The loudest voices on the Internet at the moment often seem to be from the political left.

The reporter babe also needs to look up the definitions of "loudest" and "shrillest."

The lefty blogs might be the shrillest but the right-wing blogs have been far more effective. Noise and results are two different things. Thankfully nobody on the left has figured that out.


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Comments (12)

The deaf preaching to the b... (Below threshold)
cubanbob:

The deaf preaching to the blind.
The only reason Hilary has slightly higher chance of getting elected president than me is that I'm a naturalized citizen.
There is a difference between being clever and being smart. The Clinton's are clever but haven't as yet shown any real smarts.

Noise and results ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Noise and results are two different things.

I tell that to my Harley riding buddies when they ask why I ride a GSXG 1100 Suzuki.

I respectfully disagree wit... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

I respectfully disagree with your assessment. IMO, the Chron has been on the forefront of using blogs for news dissemination, especially its ongoing Enron trial coverage.

--|PW|--

And now, cue the KosKidz an... (Below threshold)
scsiwuzzy:

And now, cue the KosKidz and Deaniacs, and their many sock puppets...

This blog holds about as mu... (Below threshold)
Economist:

This blog holds about as much influence as Kos, perhaps less. Who gives a shit about some sticky fingered loser ranting away anonymously (Cuban Slob to wit). But it sure is entertaining.

If you want to read a useful blog, go to www.nash-equilibrium.com

And now, cue the KosKidz an... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

And now, cue the KosKidz and Deaniacs, and their many sock puppets...

Posted by: scsiwuzzy at May 15, 2006 10:32 AM

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This blog holds about as much influence as Kos, perhaps less. Who gives a shit about some sticky fingered loser ranting away anonymously (Cuban Slob to wit). But it sure is entertaining.

If you want to read a useful blog, go to www.nash-equilibrium.com

Posted by: Economist at May 15, 2006 10:49 AM


Damn, scsiwuzzy, you're good.

Les Messman -The s... (Below threshold)
Economist:

Les Messman -

The sun is going to rise tomorrow morning. And in the evening, it's going to set, leading to what is called night. My predictive skills...amazing, no?

Economist,Wow! Fo... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Economist,

Wow! For this not being a "useful blog", you sure spend a lot of time here.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this blog would be a lot more useful if you took your own advice. Go to www.nash-equilibrium.com.....and stay there.

It's "not useful" because h... (Below threshold)

It's "not useful" because his attempts to shill his blog have yet to be effective.

Les,That's what Mrs.... (Below threshold)
scsiwuzzy:

Les,
That's what Mrs. Wuzzy said...
economist/mak44 made it extra good by being a troll and a sock puppet at the same time... LOL

scsiwuzzy,Damn! T... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

scsiwuzzy,

Damn! That was spooky...

The sun is going t... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:
The sun is going to rise tomorrow morning. And in the evening, it's going to set, leading to what is called night. My predictive skills...amazing, no?

So... even the trolls admit that it doesn't take Kreskin to predict their BS responses?




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