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Boo Birds

"So whose opinions should we respect on matters Iraq? Smart combat veterans who have graduated from top schools in the United States and who have faced bombs and bullets and bled in Iraq, or a radio producer who has never been there and who cannot control his temper in the face of words? It's time we listened to our combat leaders ."

Liberal bloggers are not huge fans of all Democrats, as Josephine Hearn reports in The Hill

"House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has taken some beatings recently in the liberal blogosphere.

"An online poll at the leading blog Daily Kos put her approval rating at 19 percent. By comparison, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean garnered 84 percent.

"When she posted to the blog last Wednesday, describing her resolution calling for ethics investigations, readers offered excoriating reviews: 'She is out of touch and dragging down the party,' wrote one. 'Pelosi has zero credibility with me,' averred another.

"But even as blog readers were pressing the submit button on their most withering opprobrium, Pelosi was preparing to take her House Democrats a few steps farther into the blogosphere.

"Last week, her office launched three new blog-friendly efforts. It established an RSS feed for the House Democrats, a kind of clearinghouse for distributing press releases, floor speeches and even sound and video to Internet surfers. It started sending out a daily e-mail to Democratic members summarizing the day's prominent blog posts. And Pelosi began making weekly guest posts at Daily Kos.

"Her overtures to the blogs, even ones like Daily Kos where the largely liberal crowd finds the San Francisco representative too accommodating to centrists, exemplify the love-hate relationship politicians have with leading blogs. On the one hand, the blogs offer an eager audience and echo chamber for Democratic messages, and a pool of potential volunteers and campaign contributions.

"But on the other hand, blogs are impossible to control. They carry the potential of commentary turning nasty, as it did with Pelosi last week."

I thought the appeal of blogs was that they were impossible to control. If they were easy to control, they'd be about as interesting as a DNC press release.

Who do readers of Kos and My DD favor in 2008?

Overall (First Choice + Second Choice = Total)

Feingold: 48% + 20% = 68%

Clark: 15% + 22% = 37%

Warner: 12% + 14% = 26%

Edwards: 7% + 16% = 23%

Other: 3% + 10% = 13%

Unsure: 4% + 3% = 7%

Clinton: 2% + 4% = 6%

Richardson: 2% + 4% = 6%

Kerry 1% + 3% = 4%

Biden: 1% + 2% = 3%

Bayh: 1% + 2% = 3%

So Russ has 24 times as much support as Hillary?

Some papers have trouble doing gossip. Hence, this sad announcement, via Romenesko, from NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller:

"Boldface Names, begun five years ago, turned out to be a great adventure for the NYT. Since 2001, in the hands of several very talented reporters, the column proved to be entertaining, daring, and laugh-out-loud funny.

"You know how sometimes White House photographers grow weary of photo ops showing the President in intimate conversation with some lucky citizen, so they back up a few steps and shoot the whole forest of boom mikes and TV cameras? Conventional gossip columns are the photo ops. Boldface Names is that wide-angled shot that shows you the stage managers of the gossip world.

"But even the most entertaining of adventures have a natural end, and so Boldface will cease after a final riff this Friday. The Times is proud of its run, and grateful for its loyal readers. And we are already devising new adventures. By the way, conspiracy theorists will undoubtedly connect this with the bonfire at Page Six. For the record, Joe Sexton suggested, and we agreed, that Boldface had run its course several weeks ago, when the current author of the column, Campbell Robertson, began a romance with the Culture Department."

But if the column was "entertaining, daring and laugh-out-loud funny," why not find someone too continue it?

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