Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Interesting News
Hillary Clinton has pretty much ignored the blogosphere so far. Until now that is:
Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) re-election campaign has hired Peter Daou, "one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation, to help disseminate her message in a forum that has not always been that hospitable to her," the New York Times reports. "The move underscores the degree to which bloggers... have begun to transform American politics."
Peter Daou is a fine writer and blogger and will be quite an addition to the Hillary team. But Hillary needs to realize that entering the blogosphere doesn't mean acceptance. She is widely disliked by many prominent liberal bloggers because of her Republican lite stands on many issues, particularly the Iraq war. The deeper issue is her long standing ties to the DLC and it's "centrists" (Republican lites). The battle within the Democratic party is in full swing with brush fires periodically breaking out (witness the recent dustup between Kos and The New Republic).

The upcoming primary season for 2008 is going to be bloody, probably in both parties. But all in all, I'm not so sure that's a bad thing. Turmoil can lead to creativity and change. And there is no doubt that both are needed in the current political and governmental atmosphere.