The Arafat surprise
: Not to work too hard to find the local angle, but if Arafat dies before Tuesday, what does it mean to the election? I’d say it pumps another point to Bush. Anything that puts the focus on the Middle East and instability benefits him.
Sell blogs short!
: Mary Meeker sees money in blogs. Get the pins out now. Her report here.
Top 10 blog moments?
: Someone has asked for examples of the top moments of blog influence in politics and the presidential campaign. Obvious starting nominees:
: Howard Dean and MeetUp
: Trent Lott
What else? Please leave lots of suggestions in the comments….
The story of the story is the real story
: Just got booked on CNBC’s Capitol Report (again) tonight, this time with (whew) John Hinderaker.
The topic: the reverse October surprise, the story of the missing explosives in Iraq. My take: The timing and placement and motive behind this story is every bit as significant as the explosives, missing or not. Of course, this smells like a campaign ploy. Media must recognize that it is used all the time; it is spin alley. And so the story of the story of explosives is the real story.
And, of course, it could have an impact on the election. Dick Morris said in the NY Post today:
Ultimately, this is not a contest of two men or two parties or two ideologies for supremacy. It is a battle of two issues
Hyper about hyperlocal
: Mark Glaser writes about a topic dear to my heart: hyperlocal citizens’ media.