In a report for the New Politics Institute, Matt Stoller (Blogging of the President) and Chris Bowers (of mydd.com fame) praised teh liberal blogosphere but pointed out its achilles heel: a lack of local blogs.
An edge among small, local, political blogs also means an edge in small, local, political races. While progressives may have a marked advantage in overall blogosphere discourse, it could also be argued that conservatives are taking a decisive lead in the sort of targeted blogging that will provide them with real, tangible benefits in the 2005-2006 elections and beyond.
If they do not invest time, energy and resources building a local blog infrastructure superior to that currently possessed by conservatives, the comparative advantage of progressives’ overall traffic lead will be significantly reduced.
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