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Monday, June 05, 2006

New Media Attracting State Politicians

When the history of this election cycle is written, no one is going to be able to ignore the impact of blogs and what FireDogLake is calling "people-powered media" at not just the federal level, but the state and local as well.

Two years ago, going into the 2004 election, there was perhaps one or two infrequently-updated blogs covering Connecticut politics. Now there are dozens, a significant portion of which are updated regularly and contribute original content.

The most interesting, creative and dynamic section of the Connecticut blogosphere is the network of liberal blogs supporting Ned Lamont, at the core of which is My Left Nutmeg, the community format of which may be the single most useful for blogs. That site was visited by John DeStefano, who talked with them about his health plan in an effort to generate excitement among progressives about his campaign. He's right to do so. The site is a nexus for some of the most committed activists in the state.

Ned Lamont's campaign is aware of that. His blog functions less like a traditional campaign blog, and more like an independent political blog. They quote news stories, post quick opinions, take and post pictures and so on. The language is conversational and informal, and makes for interesting reading.

Lamont himself wrote a diary for Daily Kos, in which he not only expressed his original opinion, but responded to comments for about an hour. I bet he raised a ton of money from it, not to mention generated immense good will among the people who make up a crucial segment of his base of support.

On the other side, Connecticut Conservative has interviewed several politicans, most recently Rob Simmons. While the conservative Connecticut blogosphere doesn't have a campaign like Lamont's to gel around, and so are therefore less connected, they are growing and they continue to produce original content.

What's the impact of these blogs? Who's reading? Well, this site's readership has grown to about 1,000 or more unique visitors per day, and about 3,500 page views. Other sites are doing just as well, or better. Beyond that? Who knows? It's hard to judge. Candidates certainly think there's something out here worth seeing. Maybe it's only money, but it could also be a new and positive kind of exposure, and a connection to committed political activists and observers.

It's changed the way Connecticut does politics. How much? We'll see in August.

19 Comments:

Blogger A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

CLP is what is it is because if you, GC.

May it ever remain so.

6/05/2006 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger ctblogger said...

CLP=the original flavor.

6/05/2006 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger cgg said...

What's unique about CTLP is that people from all political viewpoints, from all around the state join in the debate. I've never seen another site quite like it.

My Left Nutmeg is another favorite of mine, especially how the comments are structured. And let's not forget CTBlogger's site which provides great political reporting and video.

6/05/2006 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger HealthcareNOW said...

I really wished that more people commented on CTBlogger's website. He really does a fantastic job. My morning routine is always: CLP, Nutmeg, ConnecticutBLOG, and CT News Junkie.

6/05/2006 11:06:00 PM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Since 2002 blogs have gone from non-existence to part of the multi layer media platform one needs to cultivate in order to win. I do like CLP and think it is unique as well as MFN,ctblog,Lamont blog,ctblue,ctbob,and daily kos.

6/05/2006 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger GMR said...

I like reading this blog to get a better idea of what's going on. I just started reading it a few weeks ago.

However, remember Howard Dean looked really popular in the blog world, only to have his campaign come to a screetching halt (sorry, couldn't resist the pun).

Clay Shirky, a Dean supporter, offers some good insights into Dean's use of Internet tools.

There's some articles that are dismissive of Lamont because he's a "candidate of the blogs", although I think that's a bit simplistic (Lamont, in my view, is the anti-Lieberman, and people really aren't supporting Lamont for his views, they're mad at Lieberman, and mainly with Lieerman's position on the war).

When you get your news from blogs, especially ideologically pure blogs, you may have a distorted sense of reality. One thing that's interesting about this blog is that it does have people of all stripes: it's not just Lamont supporters or Schlesinger supports talking to each other about their campaign is gaining momentum with all these positive articles about their candidate.

6/06/2006 01:07:00 AM  
Blogger TrueBlueCT said...

GMR--

1) It's tough to be in the avant garde. Or in your case, NOT.

2) The blogs represent the left-wing's echo chamber, in response to the corporate owned, "liberal" Mainstream-media. And oh yeah, Rush Limbaugh/Pat Robertson Inc.

What we are doing is getting our grassroots folks on message, amd yes, it's having it's effect.

6/06/2006 01:39:00 AM  
Blogger Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

TrueBlueCT said... "The blogs represent the left-wing's echo chamber"

Considering the number of conservative blogs it appears more likely that you represent the left-wing's echo chamber.

"What we are doing is getting our grassroots folks on message, amd yes, it's having it's effect."

Yup! You, Moveon etc. & et al are doing a better job at registering Republicans and getting out the Republican vote than anything we ever could have thought up on our own.

A tip of the hat to ya!

Note: we're wishing you folks the best of luck with Lamont this year and Hillary in 2008


-ACR

6/06/2006 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

ACR..exactly what is left-wing?

I dont view GC as leftwing i do view him as a balanced moderate, like moveon.

6/06/2006 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger disgruntled_republican said...

BR-

I agree with you on GC being a balanced moderate but to call moveon a moderate is hillarious...if they are moderate can you name one republican they have backed in the entire nation?

6/06/2006 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Disgruntled...I don't know whom Moveon has endorsed...I do know that their positions seem moderate to me.

If they are " left-wing" then i must really be "out there".

6/06/2006 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Derby Conservative said...

Bruce, I don't think anyone would dispute you there...just kidding. But really, Move On is whacked...tying Nancy Johnson to Dick Cheney? I don't think that there are 2 national Republican figures more different than Nancy and Cheney. Move On really is reaching there.

6/06/2006 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

ACR said: Yup! You, Moveon etc. & et al are doing a better job at registering Republicans and getting out the Republican vote than anything we ever could have thought up on our own. which may be true in the Bible Belt but it ain't true in CT where Bush lost to mcCain and Kerry.

On the good news wagon Storm drain filters credited with curtailing runoff into Soundfrom the Stamford Advocate featuring Rep Terry acker and on recent topics from this blog is Lawmakers call for cease fire after latest Hartford shootings By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press Writer

I also saw that Blumenthal is getting the CT DPW to dump the Tomaasso Group - Lou DeLuca was against that months ago. Sorry, can't find a link.

And on the state Rep. Race I understand that Christiano will be taking on Stone again in Trumbull/Fairfield and Pete Wolgast has been nominated by the Westport RTC, which he chairs, to take on Joe Mioli who beet out Ken Bernhard last time around..

6/06/2006 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

Here ya go

State terminates Tomasso pacts; Atty general: Will Bradley airport job be next? By Don Michak, Journal Inquirer 6/06/2006 and in the same vein is Former civil-rights leader ordered to 'disgorge' $382,000 and of course Fox guarding hen house? Lawyer-dominated committee oversees state's judges By Alex Wood, Journal Inquirer 06/05/2006

Ain't CT grand!!!!!

6/06/2006 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

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6/06/2006 03:29:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

Murphy launches first media piece via the web.

State Senator Chris Murphy, Democratic candidate for the Fifth Congressional District of Connecticut, launched his campaign's first media piece, introducing the candidate and setting the tone for his campaign.

In what may be an indicator of things to come, the introductory video has been made available via the online media blog YouTube. Neither CT05.net nor YouTube are affiliated with the Murphy campaign (nor related to each other).

6/06/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Chris MC said... "
Murphy launches first media piece via the web."


Figures; look what day it is, it's gotta be one of the AntiChrist's favorites.

6/06/2006 03:53:00 PM  
Blogger CT64 said...

"In what may be an indicator of things to come, the introductory video has been made available via the online media blog YouTube. Neither CT05.net nor YouTube are affiliated with the Murphy campaign (nor related to each other)."

Things not being affiliated with the Murphy campaign seems to be the theme thus far.

6/06/2006 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger MikeCT said...

Chris MC,

Glad to see CT05 still kicking! Nancy still needs watching.

6/06/2006 05:16:00 PM  

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