If you can remember back to the heady days of the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution/Arab Spring-that-actually-started-in-the-Winter, you’ll recall that blogs and facebook can take down tyrants. Logically then why not prop them up with the power of the blog?!
Politico reports today that bloggers have emerged from their mother’s basement to sell their endorsements to political candidates. Or at least that’s what Eric Erickson, the CNN contributor and founder of the “influential” conservative blog RedState, was caught in private solicitation emails doing. I don’t know why you’d want to pay a guy who can barely manage to have two different names to give you his thumbs up, but whatever: it’s your bribe money!
Of course Erickson has said that the endrosement-selling email Politico revealed was all a BIG misunderstanding for good reason: blogs, and I say this as a blogger, have much the same credibility as a bitchy teenage girl’s diary.
A blog endorsement (whether it was paid for or not) might be perfect if campaign needs the solemn gravitas of, say, a bunch of silly cat pictures, but if newspaper endorsements don’t count for much, I can’t imagine blog endorsements do either.
That said, I am offering to endorse any candidate for the low low price of $299.99! Are you racist? Mentally disturbed? So fat you can’t play the banjo? I’ll endorse the shit out of you!