HerdThink among the so-called liberal bloggers


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Please, MG, keep on beating your drum. Herdthink, as you call it, is indeed destructive.


pennywit's picture
Posted by pennywit on 24 July 2005 - 12:31pm
I don't plan on shutting up

If people don't speak up, how can they be heard? The silence from 40%+ of the eligible voters speaks volumes, but to what I have no idea.

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Posted by media girl on 24 July 2005 - 12:50pm
Sounds of silence

Actually, Virginia provides a good example of what's happening. In the gubernatorial race, the Democrat -- Lt. Gov. Kaine -- is dodging bullets on cultural issues and sticking to the meat and potatoes of state governance -- employment reasonable taxes, responsible stewardship of the budget, education, and transportation. Atty. Gen. Kilgore, his opponent, has tried to make inroads with cultural issues such as gun rights and gay rights.

Meanwhile, another Republican, Russell Potts, has entered the race as an independent. He's polling about 9 percent, but he's siphoned votes away from Kilgore with an emphasis on roads and a definite turn away from cultural issues. Meanwhile, the latest polls say that about a third of Virginians are undecided about the whole governor thing.

I think the rousing silence you hear is a slice of the electorate that has lost patience with both parties' extreme wings and tends to pay attention to politics only around election time.


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Posted by pennywit on 24 July 2005 - 2:44pm
Herd Think

MG, this article made me want to give you a kiss. I am so tired of the self-proclaimed VERY IMPORTANT BLOGGERS deciding that they know what's best for everyone else and marginalising any and all issues that they deem unimportant. I am beyond puzzled by the sheep-like response of their herds of regular readers. This whole issue is what finally got me blogging, actually. If the Dems keep narrowing their focus in pursuit of the elusive soccer mom & NASCAR dad and deriding abortion, gay marriage, and racial justice as "minority issues" what the hell do they stand for anyway?

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Posted by BritGirlSF on 27 July 2005 - 3:45am