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Here is how to NEVER get blogger support
As Young Philly Politics goes through its first major election cycle, I suspect many people from various campaigns will be regular visitors to our site. Many of them may want to write appeals for why they think their candidacy appeals to young, progressive people in Philadelphia. We welcome them with open arms. I think YPP can serve as a place where, without the constraint of 30 second commercials or a few sentences of a newspaper column, a person can fully articulate their vision for the City, Region and State.
But, there are certain things, which if any politician, or political staffer does, will ensure that you never, ever get the support of progressive bloggers.
Case in point, which I detail in the extended entry, is Andy Warren, and his idiotic strategy.
Warren is running for the same 8th District Congresssional seat as rising star, Patrick Murphy. Warren is a former PennDOT official, who seemed to be a somewhat moderate Republican, until recently. He then switched parties, and joined the good guys. Why? Some huge ideological shift? The party becoming too right wing? As far as I can tell, it was actually the ever popular rationale: spite. Warren may be a good guy for all I know. (And Jane has some really excellent research on him that I recommend you read.) But, as with all people who switch to Democrat, there is going to be at least a little bit of question as to how loyal you are to our principles and our party.
So, how has Warren used the internet, and blogs, to try and counter this problem, and assuage progressives? By having either a staffer or a supporter stupidly bash his opponent, Pat Murphy. (For example, see this piece of crap post that I am leaving up only because it is a perfect illustration of what not to do. Or this one as well.)
Warren's supporters have decided that what their best course of action against Murphy (a dynamic, young, Iraq war vet who was apparently amazing at the DFA meeting a few months ago) is to stupidly slander him. That is dumb. Really, really dumb. And all it will do in the future is bring Warren future derision.
Democrats should articulate their differences with each other. But, every time I see a piece simply slandering someone else, I will either delete it, or, if I can tell who it was from, make sure every reader of this blog and others understand just what kind of campaign they are running. That includes local and state races.
Positive posts about your candidate are welcome. Dumping opposition research? No.