September 19, 2009
A Real Campaign Blog?
The Mike McWherter for Governor campaign has launched a blog. "Big deal," you say: candidates have been "blogging" for years now.
But this one is a bit out of the ordinary. It will feature firsthand accounts by campaign staffers of the experiences they have while traveling the state and helping their boss try to win the governor's mansion. What I've typically seen in campaign blogs (other than surrogate or shill sites not directly connected to the main campaign site) is essentially a redundancy with a site's News or Issues page. At best, the candidate writes infrequent bits of non-specific pap; and comments sections are all too rare, or are moderated in the extreme. (Lesser-known, and -funded, candidates do sometimes authentically blog, but we're talking about major campaigns here.)
I'm definitely subscribing to the McWherter blog, because I am curious to see how this experiment plays out. I applaud the campaign for jumping into this arena, even though I may tire someday of reading about "meat and three" meals.