As reported in the Fox News Congressional Blog, the President told Democratic Party Senators Wednesday:
"You know what I think would actually make a difference, Michael? I think if everybody here—excuse all the members of the press who are here—if everybody here turned off your CNN, your Fox, your blogs," Obama said, before being interrupted by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, who piped up, "And MSNBC!"How am I ever going to get past 22 "Followers" if people start tuning out the blogs?
Obama, appropriately reminded of the network with shows more friendly to liberals, continued, "Just turn off the TV—MSNBC, blogs—and just go talk to folks out there, instead of being in this echo chamber where the topic is constantly politics. ... It is much more difficult to get a conversation focused on how are we going to help people than a conversation about how is this going to help or hurt somebody politically."
But, in all seriousness, candidates should be turning off their own TV and appointing someone to follow the Blogs and MSM for them. The candidates should be out walking around and meeting the people and seeing how the People feel about things. It might be discouraging, but it might make a difference. I could be wrong, but I think the fact that Rep Niki Tsongas holds town hall meetings works to her advantage. I think the fact that Mr Sam Meas walked in last year's Chelmsford Fourth of July Parade makes a difference.
Here is something blogger Ann Althouse gleaned from Mark Leibovich, writing in the NYT
Ms. Palin has also enlisted a small team of policy counselors to guide her through the substantive areas in which many deemed her to be lacking in 2008....This was in a blog post Ms Althouse titled "Sarah Palin was a blithering idiot until she became a devious genius."
People with knowledge of the daily briefings say they are conducted by phone or e-mail. They typically include information on the day’s news, material that could be relevant to an upcoming speech, or guidance about a candidate Ms. Palin might endorse....
And all this time I was hoping that Miss Sarah was secretly reading my blog, looking for the pulse of America. Apparently not. Reading this blog has been delegated to someone.
Regards — Cliff