One feature of a candidate blog that hasn't really been explored here is the capability blogs and websites in general to respond quickly to new developments. Witness the quick reaction from both the Malloy campaign and John DeStefano to Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan's signaling of his intentions to signal his intentions to run for governor next year. Luke Bronin of the Malloy campaign had this to say about Sullivan's time in Hartford:
...I have to say, though, that I think Connecticut would do best to look to a candidate who can come to the Capitol in 2006 without the blinders and baggage of having spent decades in Hartford, through the Rowland years. It's time we had a fresh perspective, and while Kevin Sullivan has been a dedicated public servant, I think Connecticut is looking for someone who represents change and has a history of strong executive accomplishment.
On his campaign blog, John DeStefano attacked Sullivan for his contention that everyone would be out of the race if Richard Blumenthal jumped in:
If you think someone else should be Governor, you shouldn’t run for Governor—it’s too important of a job.
(Was this edited? I seem to remember a somewhat longer statement attacking Sullivan for checking the wind before running, or something like that. I may, of course, be losing my mind or remembering a different post elsewhere. That's another problem/advantage of the web--statements can be altered, and no record of the previous statement exists.)
In both cases, the campaigns responded to a news article quickly and effectively through their blogs. Blogs lend themselves to exactly this kind of rapid response; indeed, it's when they are at their best.