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Look who's yanking the Overton Window leftwards

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Map via link to this article via comment by intranets.

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.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Obama is no more likely to hire comment sock puppets than Hillary Clinton.

Seeing the Forest has a post that indicate that Republicans are using agent provateur comment sock puppets.

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Submitted by intranets on

Yeah, I saw that too. One mutual linky in the world of blogosphereania

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on Scroll down a skosh and you'll see the map with a "go" button beside it. It's flash or something that has to load.

Go look though, it's v. cool. I was sinfully proud of how big our circle is and how far left. Kinda puzzled that we weren't shown with more links; I am not clear if they mean Who We Link To or Who Links To Us. And if there's has to be so many links per time unit to the same site, or what.

Submitted by lambert on

I'm not sure your comment allows me to assess the overall likeliness....

Just sayin.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by lambert on

We say Fuck!

And a good thing, too. I can't imagine why we'd want a link for a campaign site. Any campaign site.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by lambert on

I feel like all our work is vindicated, in graphical terms. It's, like, working!

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Liberty on

Oh and Liberal.

Which is probably the worst sin of all.

I hope I'm not dragging the blog too far to the right...

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Jane Hamsher commented today on our role, pulling the candidates to the LEFT -- I posted a link to the seminal CorrenteWire Overton window post -- but near as I can tell, no one picked up on it.

Oh Well . . .

Recognition is not the goal; having an impact -- is.

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Submitted by shystee on

thanks for the pickup Xan.

It's a cool thing and interesting that it's a French marketing company doing the research.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

oh, Xan, now i am just jezebel-levels of sinfully proud of our leftward orientation.

good job, gang.

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Congrats, Senior Fellows! But left-schmeft -- IMHO I see "today's far left" as actually the current locus of the True Center of Reality: reality being the ultimately inexpressable truth that is well-approached in dialogue by the sharing of opinions, views, and life experiences in sincerity, candor, and respect for each other. (Not to mention humor and fact-checking!) That's why I find myself visiting youguys so verrry verrry often. A great fit, since I of course am the center of my own reality. (**rimshot**[/O*])

I'd say Corrente's apparent leftward position is a direct consequence of, and reaction to, the exponential pull of the black hole of greedy rightwing power, which most recently began exerting its hoodwinking force with the actor Reagan's electoral success.

Indulge me. Look at that name Corrente, an anagram of "or, center." Consciously or unconsciously, it, along with those wingchairs (side by side!), was chosen to symbolize the True Center. And you can't deny it, since I said "unconsciously." Hee hee hee.

Oboy, I loves to dabble in pseudofreudodeconstructodilettantocity once in a while.

As for the chart -- amazing, a few intrepid souls with a no-nonsense approach to dialogue can pull the entire 'sphere "leftward." So -- now can I dream that, in a few turns of some inner planet's orbit, the branches seen thru Mr Overton's windowpane will feature the Melodious Correntebird perched smack dab in the center? Wouldn't that portend well for the future of the world outside!

As the Japanese say, gambatte.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Corrente = Centeror, the Greek God (or Patron Saint) of dragging the Overton Window where it belongs!

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The Japanese Goodhearted Monster that keeps formidable Alien Suxxor from sucking the whole society into the right margin.