I just watched the movie Blog Wars, a 2006 documentary chronicling the power of bloggers in the Lieberman – Lamont Senate race in Connecticut. After watching it, I’m pretty sure that any outsider could easily dismiss bloggers as digital vigilantes exacting mob lynchings of their enemies.
The bloggers, toting video cameras, would hound Lieberman asking tough and some might say volatile questions hoping to fluster him into saying something improper knowing that minutes later…the VLOG (video blog) would be up and linked to by thousands of supporters of the cause.
No matter the color of the sword you fall on: red or blue, the power of blogs in elections is undeniable. Some accredit Bush’s Ohio victory in 2004 to evangelical right bloggers getting people out to vote. In the Lieberman/Lamont race, the bloggers got behind Lamont (even though they admittedly didn’t care for him all that much) to prove a point, and they did. Lamont emerged victorious from the primary that was targeted.
2008 may prove to be the most digitally influenced election yet. I’m not so sure this kind of blogging is undesirable really. If you feel like many (especially twenty and thirty-somethings) do that politicians from both parties aren’t even listening anymore, blogging may be the flintlock of the digital revolutionary militia.