10 Bloggers who can make or break Hillary?

We had an interesting, if inconclusive discussion on Slugger recently about the merits (or otherwise) blogging. In the US, all such pretense that bloggers are simply amateur ‘no marks’ have long since been left behind. So much so that Danny Finklestein has named ten bloggers he is convinced will be crucial to the success of Hillary Clinton’s run for the Whitehouse, next year.

  • Rory

    The question then must surely arise, Mick, to which party’s campaign will Slugger wish to prove invaluable in a forthcoming election much closer to home?

  • I’m not sure you got the import of that piece correctly Rory. Take Danny’s comment on Drudge’s notoriously close scrutiny of big names (and their scandals):

    “How she responds will decide a great deal.”

    This is key. Some of bloggers he mentions are strongly partisan, like Kos (who, reputedly, will just take off any comment that isn’t a Dem perspective). Others, like Kaus’s are deeply individual and policy led.

    But whichever angle they come from it is the quality of their scrutiny that’s the thing.

    In the round of an election, it should have the potential to affect all parties. The winners, in theory, should be the voters. And indirectly (if you believe increased levels of public scrutiny lead to deeper understanding, and connection, inside and out of political circles) the political parties themselves.

    But to some degree it is the quality of the response from the parties themselves that can determine success, not just the fact of bloggers’ gaze themselves! You make your own luck!

    If you don’t ‘get’ that, you don’t ‘get’ why political blogging is important.

  • The Clockwoman

    I agree. Its the way of things and i am sure 60% (if not more)of bloggers here are in the employ of political parties.
    Blogging may not influence change or even add to discussion as those who blog have made up their minds before even putting finger to keyboard key.

  • Well, if Kaus supports her, she’ll instantly lose Kos, Atrios and probably Marshall too..

  • wiseup

    just like your blogging, mr fealty, is crucial to the success of sinn fein in telling all its lies!

  • Mick Fealty

    wiseup

  • Jill

    Hillary will decide if she makes or breaks Hillary.

    Remember any Democrat could win a senate seat in New York and she went from being a fan of the second most hated MLB team the Cubs to being a fan of the most hated the Yankees. It might have worked in New York but the other 49 states ….

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Mick: “This is key. Some of bloggers he mentions are strongly partisan, like Kos (who, reputedly, will just take off any comment that isn’t a Dem perspective). Others, like Kaus’s are deeply individual and policy led. ”

    Potentially more damning will be Kos tendency to leave any left-wing comment up, no matter how incendiary, for about two weeks longer than he ought.

    Mick: “In the round of an election, it should have the potential to affect all parties. The winners, in theory, should be the voters. And indirectly (if you believe increased levels of public scrutiny lead to deeper understanding, and connection, inside and out of political circles) the political parties themselves. ”

    Comme ci, comme ca. There are those candidates who will get short shrift and perhaps benefit from the lack of bloggers attention, such as Huckabee or the fella from New Mexico. The ones who have the most to lose are the ones with little resume, such as Obama, where all they really have is sizzle and no steak, and the old-timers like Dodd and Biden, who have been in the business long enough to have old sins more recent generations of voters have yet to be introduced to, such as a La Brassierre sandwich. As for Hillary, it will be interesting — she has never gotten the whole of the spotlight, or perhaps “searchlight” is the better term, only getting looked at as an adjunct to her husband. It will be interesting times as folks start rifling through her record.