"Those daily journals that millions of young people (and now most campaigns) post on the internet are already playing a huge part in this year's camapign. With readerships that most daily newspapers in this country would envy, bloggers like Instapundit, DailyKos, Atrios and Wonkette! have actually been credentialed for next week's Democratic Convention in Boston. They are at the dynamic center of the political debate, giving disaffected voters an instantaneous way to speak their mind and talk back to the political establishment. No more 'letters to the editor,' even by email. Blogs happen in real time and politicians and pundits who ignore them do so at their own peril."
Joe Trippi, former chair of the Howard Dean for President campaign, today at MSNBC.com
A close friend of my daughter (a bridesmaid at her 2003 wedding) has one of the heaviest-traffic blogs online, at MightyGirl.net. And not coincidentally, she is Director of Volunteer Coordination for the Democratic Convention next week.
Power to the blogger people, writers and creators of the freest press in the world!