Still on panel #2.
There’s a lot of discussion about the civil discourse angle and blogs with and without comments. The time constraints, the potential liability, and the profanity are a big constraint. But I think most of us agree that comments help gauge the readers’ interests and personalities.
Discussion now is focused on how the influence of bloggers with politicians and if any of them “get” the new media landscape or not. (One who does, is US Rep. Jack Kingston who has posted this Foley-related letter to Nancy Pelosi from his blog on Thursday.)
We are back to talking about blogging locally. Mary Katharine Ham rightly points out that conservatives need to watch out that we don’t concede those local issues to the Left. I agree. I’ve been wanting to blog about Charlotte and NC issues, I just haven’t found the time or the right issue yet I guess.
Now the discussion: how have bloggers (esp. on the conservative side) gotten involved in political activism. The consensus is the Lefty bloggers are better. But as Mary Katharine points out, we are still winning general elections even with the bluster on the Left bloggers about their “impact.”
The last topic was how the McCain-Feingold and FCC regs will affect bloggers. The room broke out into applause when someone said “let’s repeal McCain-Feingold!” I have to wholeheartedly agree.
Interestingly, during panel #1 when the influence of bloggers on the 2008 election was the topic — Bob Owens, The Confederate Yankee, said “McCain has killed himself” with the right-leaning blog community.
As I have repeatedly said under my breath…. I work my hands to the stump to make sure McCain does NOT get the GOP nomination.
Okay, off to lunch! Then picking up Saxby for the drive to Richmond, VA.