Never underestimate the power of the political blogosphere. Framer keeps suggesting that bloggers will have greater influence in the upcoming election than ever before...substantial influence, in fact. As evidence, consider that 1500 people showed up for the second annual blogger convention organized by Mr. Daily Kos, himself. The event attracted 500 bloggers, 250 journalists, and a bunch of Democratic presidential candidates who wouldn't be there unless they thought it was important.
So, what do liberal bloggers do when they get together? According to the article in the Wall Street Journal, they spend 3 days in a "wonk-fest of panels, speeches and what promise to be beer-soaked parties."
Don't think this liberal, beer-drinking, partying crowd doesn't take what they do seriously, however. The article reports they have raised more than $25 million for Democratic candidates since 2005. They also get taken seriously. "Liberal bloggers now routinely get invited to campaign events to meet candidates, they receive press credentials and sometimes are given exclusive information during briefings and blogger conference calls."
The bloggers have arrived...