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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The blogosphere and the Votersphere (TM)

The more we immerse ourselves in the blogosphere, the more apparent it becomes that the blogosphere and the Votersphere (TM) look at the political world in markedly different ways. We in the blogosphere tend to be more liberal, better informed, and more demanding of candidates that the Votersphere (TM). The problem is, the blogosphere tends to make mountains out of the molehills that the average everyday voter does not, and sometimes should not, care about.

Example: The entire blow-up about Paul Hackett's party registration. As revealed on the Plain Dealer's blog, and since rehashed and debated just about everywhere, Paul Hackett may be a new convert to the Democratic Party. Fair point. We in the blogosphere have taken this fact and turned it into the kind of farcical theater of which Eugene Ionesco would be proud. There have been accusations of dirty politics, leaking opposition research, and all sorts of other recriminations, that appear to coalesce around this diametric: If you like Hackett, this was wrong, if you like Brown, this was normal politics.

Now, when we go to the Votersphere (TM), what happens? Very few people care. This is the kind of gotcha type item that most voters will ignore, unless marketed well (and usually deceptively). Voters switch parties; for most people, the concept of party loyalty is a relatively weak one. There are so many real issues that matter to people in the real world, that when they hear of the kind of back-biting and bluster we engage in over petty shit like this, they become disengaged from the process. And trust us, the last thing the Democrats need are to have the average everyday working person disengaged.

Why are we bringing this up? Well, don't know really. As relatively recent entrants into the blogosphere, we are struck by the distance between the blogosphere and the Votersphere (TM) on so many issues, concepts and ideas. A lot of the time, the blogosphere has it right. But we all need to remember that sometimes, the Votersphere (TM) has it right too, and they outnumber us come election day.

In other news, another new Cafaro article (this time in the Cleveland Plain Dealer) and another new Sutton endorsement (the Ohio Firefighters). The article is of interest in that Cafaro gets to discuss her plans, and the other candidates have the position of commenting on them. As Capri states that we should pull out of NAFTA, CAFTA, and WTO and incentivize US production, it is difficult for the other candidates to do anything but agree. Bill Grace may come off the best of the commenting candidates, as he declined to comment. Wolfe is mentioned as supporting Cafaro's views on the topic. Sawyer is put in the miserable position of seeing a major issue of the campaign be NAFTA, which he helped pass. Sutton takes a shot at her that comes off as being politico-speak.

From the article:

Betty Sutton, a former state representative who also seeks the Democratic nomination, said "What the 13th district needs is the difference between action and rhetoric." (What does this mean? Was Sherrod Brown just rhetoric? Ed.)
Sutton said she opposes any trade pacts that results in the outsourcing of American jobs, and she thinks there are aspects of NAFTA that have resulted in that. Sutton, who has received a number of endorsements from organized labor, said she would support tax incentives and tax cuts that would help American families.

So, a plan is put forward, Sutton dismisses it as rhetoric, and then goes on to agree with all the aspects of the plan. Sutton may have DC locked up, but judging by the lack of press attention she has received in comparison to Cafaro, and some of her statements, in this campaign and in the past, she and her team need to work on their press relations.

Sutton's endorsement from the Firefighters, statewide, again comes as expected. A couple of locals had already endorsed, and as she had represented them in her legal practice, the outcome was never in doubt. It just adds credence to our theory that she is looking to build up the "establishment frontrunner" image. Smart strategy, really, particularly for a candidate who may not be as strong in dealing with the media as others in the race. This can cut the legs out from Sawyer and Grace, and but the race in far more of a one-on-one context between her and Cafaro.

We have started adding sites to our website listings. We've added the Plain Dealer, Elyria Chronicle Telegram (we'll fix the name on there later today), and the Lorain Morning Journal site. Cafaro has a site up (although it appears to be a place holder), so it is on our roll. As well, we have added some blogs that we respect and read, if not always agree with. More will be added shortly.

Well, that's the news, and we, like Dennis Miller's credibility, are OUTTAHERE.....

The Ohio 13 blog editors

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Blogger Jill said...

Thanks for putting me on your blogroll, and I think you make some good points in this post about the difference between spheres.

My only question is, and this isn't meant to be heard as an interogating kind of questions, but do you in fact know that, "Voters switch parties; for most people, the concept of party loyalty is a relatively weak one."

I'm guessing that you believe this is true, but do you know if there's empirical evidence to support the assumption? I ask because I think it's fascinating. I do wonder, just how much loyalty do people have?

Or, is it perhaps a question of how far can they be pushed in one direction, away from their typically held position, before they say, no - I simply can't go that far?

Very curious, on a very interesting point.


12:26 PM

Blogger Yellow Dog Sammy said...

Hey, thanks for adding Ohio 2006 to the blogroll. I respect your reporting, so I'm honored to be linked here.

8:57 AM


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