Look who's yanking the Overton Window leftwards
What the data shows is that the candidates' Web sites are not linking to influential political blogs and the blogs are not linking back to the candidates' Web sites.
"When the candidates campaign in real life, they go to rallies and schools where people are," says Anthony Hamelle, vp of RTGI. "But on the Internet, they wait for people to come to them and that doesn't work. Online, you have to go where people are and you have to meet people."
Other political strategists like Mike Connell, whose clients include John McCain for President and the Republican National Committee, thinks that analyzing the links to and from blogs is useful up to a point. But a presidential campaign may not always want to disclose where all of its messages originate.
"Sometimes people have a habit of thinking of a blog like a megaphone and that is how you contribute to the conversation," Connell says. "But that is not always how it is done. Having your message percolate up from the grassroots through the blogs has emerged as an effective strategy as well."
Hmmm. Sounds like the OFB troll tactics to me. Fake grassroots operatives posing as commenters and hijacking the audience of established lefty blogs.