Sunday, February 13, 2005

What we've seen
Michael Barone is a smart guy—perhaps the smartest political commentator around. Here he offers his take on the effects the blogosphere has had on the political process, rightly concluding: "So what hath the blogosphere wrought? The left blogosphere has moved the Democrats off to the left, and the right blogosphere has undermined the credibility of the Republicans' adversaries in Old Media. Both changes help Bush and the Republicans."

It's worth reading the whole thing, which is fairly short. He looks specifically at left versus right as it appears online, focusing on the separate appeals of DailyKos versus InstaPundit. His analysis is spot on, and I speak as one who regularly visits both blogs (if you consider DailyKos a blog, which I do not necessarily). The left blogosphere is completely certain of its rightness, completely sure that anyone who voted for Bush is either evil or an idiot. The right blogosphere supported Bush, but by-in-large has other candidates in mind that it would prefer.

The end result is that Bush won because he's better than the alternative was at the time, while Kerry lost because his supporters were stuck on the anybody but Bush meme. It's much easier to build the strength of a party when you've got an understanding of what you stant for, than to build one based on what you stand against.

I don't know if all that made sense, as I'm still a bit delirious from this flu, but I'll try and revisit this idea later in the week with a bit more clarity. Remind me if I forget.

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