Monday, October 31, 2005

In his "question of the day," Rich Miller posed an interesting point on the political efficacy of blogs. I think we can expect anonymous and antagonistic (i.e. "The Truth About Paul[Froelich]") to proliferate over the next cycle. These will probably be successful in publicizing scurillious allegations, under the ostensible immunity from libel suits some bloggers seem to think they enjoy(partly because of the impermanence of the medium). One can also expect to see at least one 'gate in which such a blogger is "outed."

Also expect to see PAC blogs, such as those of the ICRC and the ICJL increase in number. Maybe some of their colleagues on the other side of the aisle will decide to join in.

Elected official blogs, with the noteable exceptions of Kirk's and Fritchey's, rarely address substantive issues. They do, however, make appealing targets for anonymous commenters preaching filth(i.e. the "women's underwear" commenter on Fritchey's) or antagonism.
UPDATE: As you may already know, Speaker Hastert has just unveiled his blog, which he characterized as, " a new way for us to get our message out."


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