Saturday, May 3, 2008

Working Class Voters

Am I the only person that thinks that this is just code for "bigoted white people that want to pretend they arent bigots"?

Saunders should know. In 2001, he helped guide Mark Warner to the governor's office in Virginia. Five years later, he aided Jim Webb's upset run to the Senate, before signing up as a senior adviser to John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign. The central theme of his work has been fuse Democratic politics with a rural power base.

"The Reagan Democrats want to come home, they are just dying to come home," he said. "All we just got to get a tent big enough to let them in."

Mudcat is a smart fellow but he also was, in my view, responsible for what I saw as wink-nod comments about electibility on behalf of Edwards that seemed very close to saying "vote for me because I am the white guy and the bigots are never going to vote for a woman or a black man".

If the Reagan Democrats are even pondering still voting Republican after the last 7 and a half years of fuckup after fuckup then they are not Democrats. If they need to be pandered to .. fuck them.

Whining by a new "blogger" about lack of feedback

Jeffrey Goldberg whines...

I called up Jack Shafer, the dean of global journalism and the future director of the Newseum, because I needed someone to listen to me bitch, and Andrew certainly wasn't going to. I complained to Shafer about Haber's dishonesty, but Shafer noted that his dishonesty was not relevant; what mattered was his mediocrity. "What these bloggers don't understand is that if you call the target of your post to get a comment, the target's going to say something really interesting," he said.
It seems to me to be a basic point. Haber's post on my blog would have been more interesting if he actually got me to talk about my reporting. I might have even inadvertently offered him ammunition.
It's one of the mysteries of the blogosphere, why more people don't simply pick up the phone once in a while.

I would complain in the comments of Mr Goldberg's blog that he was being a prat .. but alas he has no comments.

My personal opinion, for what it is worth, is that an opinion blog without comments is only half the point. One of the joys of blogging is getting that rush when you see that you have a comment and someone has either agreed with you or given you shit about how stupid they think you are.

Mr Goldberg, in my view, is not a blogger, he is an opinion columnist that happens to post online. There is nothing wrong with that.. but he shouldn't whine about people not reaching out to him if he doesn't understand the medium.