Local Political Blogs will Impact 2006 Elections

I’m not very suprised by the latest blog meme to start emerging: locality blog aggregating. In fact, it’s something we here at Hammer of Truth will be adding in the upcoming site overhaul. Politics and Technology, a lefty blog breaks down the strategy that’s gathering steam [via Political Wire]:

Over at Roll Call, they’ve got a great piece about the coming role of state and local blogs in the political world.

But if 2004 belonged to the national political blogs, 2006 might well be the cycle of the local political blog. These blogs specialize in state or local political coverage, and while these smaller, non-national political blogs may not have the resources – financial or otherwise – of the well-known titans of the blogosphere, many are starting to gain a following, not to mention the respect of state and local media outlets and politicians.

Last weekend, the Reno Gazette-Journal took notice of the rise of Nevada political blogs, including the Las Vegas Gleaner – a blog that “has quickly become a must-read in political circles.”

Though readership is tiny for local political blogs, the Nevada Democrats’ spokeswoman Kirsten Searer makes the critical point:

The beauty of bloggers is they have an audience of the right people. If they break news, then insiders in politics and mainstream media are likely to pick it up.

I think it has more to do with people wanting to know what’s going on from the national level down to their own neighborhood, so there’s an obvious need to build the infrastructure to be able to do this on a repeat basis across every state and locality (while getting people to participate).

Call it Politics 2.0

7 Comments
  1. Boortz says that talk radio will be the first target of the liberals… I’m not so sure it won’t be a two-pronged attack on talk radio AND bloggers. We’ve seen the warning flares already. Of course, I’m preachin’ to the choir…

  2. Stephen, thanks for the mention.

    I think you’re right that there’s a tremendous hunger out there for information and news and commentary on at the local level. Of course, a hard thing is finding ways to connect people together to build the audience and that’s where aggregators like Lefty blogs.com come in.

    As for you Keith, I really don’t think that there will be any kind of attack on bloggers when the liberals take control of the levers of power. It will be bloggers that will have made it possible for liberals take control of the levers of power, and I don’t mean large blogs like DailyKos and the rest of the big boys. I mean, small local blogs brought together by local web sites and aggregators like Lefty blogs.com.

  3. Kari, if the U.N. ever gets its talons on the Internet, and Mrs. Borgia-Clinton gets her claws sunk into the desk in the Oval Office… all bets are off. We’ve already seen attempts to make blogging “contributions in kind”, even if money never changes hands – and there’s the whiff of the same for talk radio, during that precious 30-60 days before an election, where saying that ANY party/candidate is good or bad… well, let’s just say I’m not optimistic.

    O’course, it would be damned hard to hunt down all bloggers; maybe there would be some sort of “French underground” movement, or maybe we’d go back to using shortwave radio and Morse code… sounds romantic, doesn’t it?

  4. Kari, and everyone else… if you haven’t read Richard Poe’s book “Hillary’s Secret War – The Clinton Conspiracy to Muzzle Internet Journalists”… please do so. It’s frightening stuff.

    BTW, I’ll say up front, I only tune in to Michael Savage in fifteen-to-thirty-second bursts, about once a day, just to hear the man rant – it’s therapeutic to listen to someone stark raving nutters – but one night, I heard him say that liberals want control of ALL talk radio, not just the right-leaning flavors. I think, for once, the man is right. And it won’t stop there.

  5. FYI – In addition to the several political aggregation jobs I’ve done, I’m now working on one for a party district in a mid-sized city. It will be interesting to see if the community can be drawn together online for non-political purposes, too.