Monday, January 24, 2005

I made the Washington Post?!?

A press release by Simon Rosenberg has caught the eye of the Washington Post. I am one of the bloggers mentioned in the press release most likely.
It's not uncommon for political candidates to trumpet their endorsements from fellow politicians, civic leaders and celebrities. But bloggers?

Simon Rosenberg, one of half a dozen candidates running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, issued a news release yesterday touting his support from a number of the online pundits. "Dozens of influential bloggers endorse Rosenberg one day before DNC Western caucus in Sacramento," it said, referring to a party meeting today in California.

"We want to show that, in the running of this campaign, we are competently managing the new kind of [technological] tools we'll need to get our values and ideas out to the American people," Rosenberg said.

Experts said that as blogs -- which are, essentially, online journals -- grow in popularity, the individual bloggers' endorsements have become increasingly valuable. Their support not only lends candidates a certain amount of buzz, credibility and name recognition, it can also prove a gold mine. Some bloggers have been able to raise big money for candidates on their sites, which often attract the parties' most die-hard supporters. Conversely, some candidates have been able to raise significant sums by advertising on politically oriented blogs.[...]

A Rosenberg aide said none of the bloggers mentioned in his release is on the payroll, except for one the statement says was hired as an Internet strategist
It is important to note that the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade is this year. I firmly believe in a woman's right to choose. I also believe abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. Our party should not have an anti-choice platform. We must reframe the debate and articulate our values. I am a progressive moderate-to-liberal Democrat and I am affiliated with the DLC.

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