Out of curiosity, I conducted a little blogging experiment. I took a selection of links and quotes from previous posts (all on the subject of investors reacting to and preparing for a divided government result in the midterms) added a Larry Kudlow video on the subject, repackaged it as a new article, then posted it in on Democrat (Daily Kos) , Republican (Red State) and Libertarian (Inactivist) blogs.
Daily Kos - "Investor Class giddy about Democratic Victory"As it turns out, the posts are not all there. The post at Red State is missing, because it was deleted by RedState within 15 minutes of my publishing it on their site. Hey, it's their site, they can delete whatever they want - I understand, I moderate comments on this site too. But I was a little surprised at being "disappeared" so quickly. There is nothing inflamatory in that post and it is a 100% fact based report on a real phenomena. Apparently they just did not like the message, so they shot the messenger. Well, at least they still permit me to comment on other posts.
Inactivist -"Republican polls down & stock market up - Investors look forward to Divided Government"
RedState - "Republican polls down & stock market up - Investors look forward to Divided Government"
UPDATE: Nevermind. Turns out, I am a "threadjacker" and my commenting privileges on RedState have now been suspended. Sigh. Maybe they'll like me better on November 8, when I expect to be still working for divided government by supporting a Republican President in 2008.
The reaction on Inactivist was a bit more subdued. Actually, it was closer to catatonic. No comments, and I am not sure it was even read. They like some of my other stuff though, and posted a link to "Third in Line" today.
Daily Kos is the biggest and most active of the three sites and the post got more of a reaction there, with 17 comments, some good, some bad, some ugly. This last comment prompted a reply that I am always amazed that I have to explain: "Once again I feel compelled to point out that divided government is the very best outcome possible for Democrats in 2006."
I have no grand conclusion about this little exercise. I just found it really interesting. So, I'll probably do it again.
In other topics, the 214th editon of the Carnival of the Vanities has been posted at Silfray Halka. "Third in Line" was included in the carnival and paired up with Hell's Handmaiden excellent post on the same subject "Spin the Foley". The 24th edition of the Carnival of the Liberals was posted at Perspectives of a Nomad. "Third in Line" made it a three-peat this week at the carnival. I also enjoyed Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub post called Intelligent Design – A Pig That Doesn’t Fly, although on the subject of ID, I prefer the metaphor of a dead horse needing yet another beating.
I'll be in the wine country this weekend, and also watching the team that most knowledgeable football fans suspect may be the greatest team in the history of the NFL beat the living snot out of the San Francisco 49ers - so I may or may not get another post out this weekend. We will be publishing a new edition of the Carnival of Divided Government at 11:59 PM PST Monday October 30. If you'd like to participate, please submit your on-topic post using this handy form.
Divided and Balanced.™ Now that is fair.
Just Vote Divided.
Just Vote Divided.