'Les bloggeurs' played a big role in securing France's 'non' vote. Canadian bloggers exposed the corruption of that country's Liberal government. American bloggers have exposed the biases of some of the biggest names in the US' MSM (MainStream Media). But, despite the hopes of IDS, blogging has not yet become a force within British politics. America's Democrat Party establishment probably wish it hadn't become a force in their backyard if a recent article by Dean Barnett is true. Mr Barnett quotes Mike Murphy (a Republican consultant) as saying that the "liberal blogosphere continues to grow in power" but that it often behaves like an "8 year-old with a machine gun".
Mr Barnett cites the 'blog-swarm' that left-leaning blogs recently generated for an almost-successful Democrat congressional candidate in Ohio. A CNN political commentator gave the left-wing blogosphere his 'play of the week' for helping the Ohio candidate - Paul Hackett - get within 4% of the GOP candidate in a heavily-GOP district. The blogs raised a lot of funds and volunteers for Hackett even though he holds quite conservative positions on tax, gun control and the war in Iraq. Barnett asks 'why?'
His answer is that the left-wing blogs loved Hackett's attack-dog politics. During his campaign Hackett called President Bush a "chicken-hawk son of a bitch" and later posited that the president posed a greater danger to the United States than any other threat. That's the sort of thing we Brits expect from Messrs Galloway and Livingstone. Rush Limbaugh was a "fat-ass drug addict" according to Hackett. The left-wing blosphere loved Hackett for this and Hackett's greatest (and earliest) champion (Bob Brigham) amongst the blogs was furious at the Democrat establishment for failing to back him earlier:
"I think the DCCC [Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee] is totally fucking irrelevant (members of the media can quote me on that as some of your colleagues already have). Get your shit together, but until that happens I don't think a single god damn dime should go to the DCCC."
The left-wing blogosphere's impact on the Democrats could be devastating, thinks Barnett. He worries that if the party gives up on ideas and embraces the MooreOn Tendency's love of oppositionism for its own sake it could end up "somewhat akin to Great Britain's current sad sack of Tories." Now that would be serious.