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Daily Blog Roundup: Monday, August 30, 2004

By David L. Sifry
Special to

Editor's Note: Dave L. Sifry is the CEO and founder of Technorati, a Web-based company that tracks weblogs, or personal journals, on the Internet.

America Votes 2004

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The first day of the RNC had interesting blogger moments -- mostly from outside of the convention, where both liberal and conservative bloggers placed their attention.

Much of the following information is taken from Politics Attention Indexexternal link, a new feature on politics.technorati.comexternal link.

  • Conservatives happy with McCain and Giulani: Roger Simonexternal link, a blogger at the convention, remarksexternal link, "John Kerry should take speech-making lessons from John McCain. And if McCain is busy, he should try Giuliani." Blogs for Bush's Mark Noonan wroteexternal link, "tonight, for all practical purposes, the critics of the war have been answered."
  • Bloggers claim another scalp? When asked about blogging's effect on the political discourse in the United States, many people point to the loss of Trent Lott's speakership as the first time political webloggers kept a story alive and had a real effect on inside-the-beltway actions. We now may be witnessing another story in the same vein -- that of the resignation of Rep. Ed Schrock, a two-term Republican from Virginia's Second District, after pernicious reporting from Blogactiveexternal link. Daily Kosexternal link presents an interestingexternal link set of postsexternal link on the situation.
  • The Kerry sisters get boos at MTV Awards: The Conservative blogosphere was abuzz with links to the video clipexternal link of the Kerry sisters getting boos and then shushingexternal link the crowd.
  • Bloggers reporting from the convention hall: A number of credentialed RNC bloggers have been posting on their experiences at the convention, akin to the DNC bloggers who wrote of the events that occurred while at the convention itself. Ann Althouseexternal link reports on her day 1 experiences, as do the folks at Wizbang!external link, where they report on the issues in the Blogger's Cornerexternal link as well as an interesting run-in with Ari Fleischer getting interviewedexternal link by the bloggersexternal link.
  • More highlights from Liberal Bloggers: Liberals were spending a lot of time watching stories outside the convention. One item that created a buzz in the Liberal Politics Attention Indexexternal link was a story in The Washington Monthlyexternal link by bloggers Joshua Micah Marshallexternal link, Laura Rosenexternal link, and Paul Glastris, the editor in chief of The Washington Monthly. In it they delve deeper into the FBI investigation of Larry Franklin, a veteran Defense Intelligence Agency Iran analyst. Juan Coleexternal link has additional comments.
  • Conservatives outside the convention: Lots was going on outside of NYC that the conservative blogosphere was talking about. The Conservative Politics Attention Index ranked the discussion going on around John Edwards' remarks about confronting Iranexternal link over nuclear plants and fuel. Orin Judd commentsexternal link, "If the Iranians refuse the offer and France and Germany say that's fine by them, would President Kerry accept this European diktat or act unilaterally to prevent Iran from developing a potential nuclear capability?"

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