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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Thune gives blogging classes to GOP

posted by Jazz at 1/30/2005 06:02:00 AM

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This was interesting. The Republicans are having their yearly retreat and mutual backrubbing festival at the Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia this year. Amidst the discussions of revamping the tax code and possibly telling Americans that the Social Security "crisis" will strike by 2008, they also got a lesson in blogging.

You may remember John Thune, who defeated the Senate's top dog Democrat in one of the closest and most highly contested races of the year. He decided to share some information on how important blogging is with his GOP brethren. This was a bit of an ironic choice, since Thune was the same guy who paid $32 thousand to two writers to set up fake, pro-Thune blogs while not disclosing the fact that they were employees of the campaign. Those blogs attracted huge followings during the campaign, and of course virtually disappeared afterwards.

Success breeds imitation, so during the upcoming mid-term elections, and particularly in the 2008 race, it's going to be more important than ever to ask questions about who is writing the blogs that you read. (Sadly, I'm still waiting for somebody to offer me a fat paycheck to spout their praises, so you'll be stuck with what I really think.)

Mathew Gross has some more on this.

In related news, Payolagate is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, Campaign Extra contends:

So let us get this straight: The top Democrat in the Senate loses a race where the GOP sets up a phony blog that passes along news reports from a pseudo media organization, written by a reporter given White House credentials under a fake name.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

More from Jerome Armstrong at MyDD.

So how does moving the "crisis" date up to 2008 work? It's an attempt to scare the baby boomers that start retiring at that time, by telling them that in order to save social security for themselves, they have to privatize social security for everyone younger then themselves. What nonsense. From the looks of it, I can only count one Senator, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, that would cross the line to support privatizing social security, and he's doing so with Rebublican Graham, that advocates raising the cut-off level of payroll taxes. Democrats in the Senate can win this, but hopefully, Bush will not back off, and the Republicans in the House push for enough foolish Republican representatives to vote for privatization in the process.

I don't expect the Republicans in Congress to 'get' blogging after a single session from Thune, but I do expect that the Republicans understand that if the Democrats in the Senate are 99% united in defeating the privatization of social security, they will be voting to put themselves on the '06 chopping block.