I'm sitting next to Brad Miller, listening to him talk, at an information conference in Raleigh . . . a group of progressive bloggers who are trying to figure out how to make a difference in state politics. We've all checked our guns at the door, focused entirely on the nature of collaboration and cooperation out here on the Tubes.
Over-arching thought: We're all trying to figure it out, and the way to figure it out is to do it. It is safe for a member of Congress to blog. It is a legitimate channel, a legitimate tactic, a growing force in politics, certainly at the national level - and also at the local and state level.
BM: In a world of fractured communications, blogs play an increasingly important role, even if they're reaching only small subset of highly engaged activists.
BM: Many candidates don't get the blogosphere . . . all they want is to use and manipulate the blogs, they don't really want to engage, and it shows. They don't let their personalities show through. Which means they're not likely to be effective.