September 10, 2007
Rick on FDL
As promised, Rick Noriega addressed the issue of the blog story and answered questions at Firedoglake today. Some people accepted his apology and explanation, some remained skeptical, some others fell in between. In the end, the story was Rick said something ill-considered, some people understandably took offense, Rick owned up to it and gave the people who had a grievance a chance to ask him about it, and most people came away basically satisfied. Which is why we who have been his biggest supporters all along were comfortable standing by him in this - we knew he'd be the standup guy that he is and do what he needed to make it right. I love it when a plan comes together.
So, I got nothing more on this. All I can say is that if this is the worst thing that happens by or to the campaign, Rick will be elected in a landslide. Moving on...
Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 10, 2007 to Election 2008
Bloggers need to grow a set and quit complaining.
Or buy some more expensive panties so they don't wad up so easily.
I'd like to see the bloggers run for office. Win or lose it doesn't matter. Just run a legitimate campaign before each blogger is allowed to speak about any other candidate. As a lot, they'd sound more credible and be able to consistently out-perform the professional journalists. They would knock the professional political reporters off the map and really start changing things. A local radio political talk show host has run for office. Call him what you want, but he's got my respect for putting his money where his mouth is and giving it his best shot.
I know of at least one Texas blogger that will be running for Congress. Also, you'd probably be surprised how many Texas bloggers have worked on campaigns and really do understand the bigger picture as well as the realities of running for office.
I think the main difference between MSM journalists and bloggers, is that bloggers are partisan.
Also, you'd probably be surprised how many Texas bloggers have worked on campaigns and really do understand the bigger picture as well as the realities of running for office.
Martha, that's not the same as putting your own skin on the block. The perspective is different with your volunteers, your opponent, other candidates of both (all) parties. You are scrutinized and debased by "allies" and rejected by fellow party members. You, not your volunteers, take the direct hits from broken promises and renegade volunteers. You empathize with candidates from the other party (and they, you) because you are all in the same boat as candidates. The list goes on. When you experience things like this you begin to look at candidates, all candidates, differently. Until you experience this, you do not recognize how juvenile some written comments can be, including comments from bloggers who may have volunteered on someone else's campaign. In short, you don't get wadded-up panty comments from John.