Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Top 10 Virginia Political Blog Stories of 2007

The stories that made the blogosphere buzz...

10) GOP politicians join the blogosphere - Jim Gilmore, George Allen, Brandon Bell, and Marty Williams all started their own blogs in the 2nd half of 2007 in an attempt to help conservatives catch up to liberals in terms of how loud their digital voices were heard.

09) The quick rise and fall of Virginia Oddsmaker - This was everyone's favorite Virginia blog for one hot second (including me), then inexplicably collapsed for no known reason.

08) The near-implosion of Roscoe Reynolds' campaign - When Roscoe angrily dodged questions about his questionable campaign consultants on a local TV show, the ensuing words that were typed by bloggers were deafening.

07) Blogs United - Some thought it went well, others did not. Many people believe that there will not be another bipartisan conference of this kind with bloggers due to their mostly-partisan nature. To this, I (and others) say "nay", but many disagree with me.

06) Joe Stanley/ODBA - Joe Stanley, a political consultant, likens the ODBA to Satan's Children (well, to sum it all up) and then links a false ODBA website to the NAMBLA website. Ben Tribbett at NLS (and friend of Stanley's) attempts to set up Daily Whackjob (Whackette in particular) as the fall guys for this revelation, and then attempts to smear the ODBA itself.

05) Blogging Ethics - Was the buzzphrase for most of the spring and summer as bloggers argue over what constitutes "good" blogging ethics.

04) SWAC vs. The World, the Hanger/Sayre primary - Conservative bloggers who supported Scott Sayre in the 24th Senate District primary got into it with other conservative bloggers, liberal bloggers, the Staunton News-Leader...the tension and ill feelings were quite palpable for a while.

03) Election '07, Dems Take State Senate - Riding momentum from the 2006 national elections, strong grassroots work in the Tidewater area, and a growing "blue" trend in NoVa, the Dems took control of the State Senate and made a few gains in the House of Delegates.

02) Abuser Fee Uproar - Most people hate it, the Dems blame the GOP, the GOP blames the Dems, Gov. Kaine applies fee to Virginia drivers only, and the ensuing debacle that occurred.

01) The Virginia Tech Massacre - I don't think this needs any description as to why it was so important.

Any other stories that hit the blogs this year that you feel warrants inclusion, any stories here that need to be excluded? What's your take?

2 comments:

The Dictatorial Blogmother said...

"... Brandon Bell, and Marty Williams all started their own blogs in the 2nd half of 2007 in an attempt to help conservatives catch up to liberals in terms of how loud their digital voices were heard."

Considering Bell and Williams blogged in opposition to the more conservative candidates who defeated them, I really don't see how they helped conservatives catch up to liberals in the blogosphere.

Phil Chroniger said...

Because...

A) They are still Republicans, and Marty Williams is actually part of "Reagan's GOP" blog.

B) Let's be honest...I look like a flaming liberal standing next to Tricia Stall.

C) It's increasing the Republican voice in the blogosphere. While Bell and Williams may be more moderate than most Republicans, when it comes to voices in the blogosphere, they're going to side with the Republicans more often than not.