The Confederacy of Dunces.
The Village Voice
's comprehensive election-season guide to right-wing political bloggers, by Roy Edroso of alicublog
And we're off
! Prime Minister John Howard has set the date for the Australian Federal election as November 24th, meaning we're up for a long six-week campaign. With Kevin Rudd leading the PM by between 16 to 18 points
(depending on who you read) in recent opinion polls, this election seems the most likely to provide a change of Government since Howard was first elected 11 years ago. Antony Green's usual excellent election guide is up and running here
, along with an excellent calculator
which shows which seats are up for grabs dependent on a 2 party preferred
swing. You might also want to check out the Vote-O-Matic
, a fun but entirely disposable quiz which aims to help you decide who you'll vote for. [more inside]
Cabinet: The Movie
. Starring Australian PM John Howard and a bunch of chickens. [more inside]
Nice work if you can get it.
Bloggers are an increasingly important part of modern elections -- something that becomes immediately obvious when you look at FEC filings. Bloggers are increasingly starting to rake in the campaign cash. Initially inspired by this feature from The Hotline
, Bill Beutler combed through the FEC records and broke down what candidates were paying what bloggers how much in the current election.
Calling All Wingnuts
blogger Mike Stark (previously discussed here
) found himself
in a fight with George Allen's staffers
after asking the Senator an impertinent question about his first wife and sealed divorce file and court records
Professor Allan Lichtman
has predicted the results of the past four elections correctly using a system known as The Thirteen Keys to the Presidency
The Keys predict election results by assessing the performance and strength of the party holding the White House. The thirteen points take into account all the factors that decide elections from the obvious (how the economy is doing) to the more subtle (whether the party in power has achieved major policy change). If eight or more of the keys favour the candidate of the incumbent party, he wins. Any fewer, he loses.
Eighteen months ago Lichtman forecast that Bush would retain the presidency
. But the Republican Party now has seven keys turned against it for 2004, one more than the fatal six negative keys
The Bloggers on the Bus:
The New York Times Magazine on bloggers on the campaign trail, and what effect they may or may not have.
While much of the blogging world has been ga-ga over getting into the Democratic National Convention
, it's tough to find anything interesting going on among the convention bloggers
(to their credit, go turn on CSPAN today and see for yourself how boring it is). While our own Jessamyn is there
(here are profiles
of everyone going), I've found the strange CNN/Technorati partnership
to be the most useful thing. Technorati
founder David Sifry is basically doing a metafilter of all convention blogs over on CNN as the daily blog roundup
, highlighting the posts worth reading among the participants.
is anti-war, pro-health care, and one of his biggest support sites is a blogspot-hosted web log
. We know that bloggers helped dethrone Trent Lott
. Can we elect a president? Discussed before but still important.
Live election night coverage from Nader HQ!
Ralph Nader + weblog format = obvious metafilter post.