bloggers and Obenshain

Brent Finnegan -- January 25th, 2007

As some of you may already know, yesterday was Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s “blogger day,” where (mostly Republican) bloggers from around Virginia went to Richmond to shmooze with politicians.

Anyway, Vivian Paige and Myron both reported on the forum featuring Harrisonburg’s senator, Mark Obenshain. Chris of The Mason Conservative asked Obenshain an odd question about raising state money via slot machines. Obenshain took the Goodlatte view of gambling, and said he would be against it.


2 Responses to “bloggers and Obenshain”

  1. Del Marvel says:

    According to the Daily Wackjob, only conservative bloggers were invited. Anway, at this point, I’d say the political influence of the Virginia bloggers is way overhyped. For example, you can’t tell me someone like the Republitarian is having any real effect as far as molding public opinion.

  2. finnegan says:

    I think it all depends on the writer. If the bulk of the posts are rants, probably not. My primary interest in blogging is not opinion, but information and discussion.

    But yeah, when it comes to political rants, they’re probably not much more influential than your average “Candid Comment” caller.

    On the other hand, having worked at a newspaper, I know that a lot of political writers read blogs on a regular basis. So, if some blogger’s ideas are “borrowed” and reprinted in a daily, it lends more credence to the whole thing.

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