“Blog the Vote,” the post-mortem

So…yup…I was on national television. It sure was nerve-wracking wating for the segment to air, and my nerves weren’t helped by my folks who caught the show on the East Coast a couple hours earlier and who called with about fifteen minutes to go…

But I think NOW caught the blogs and their effect the way I see it. Obviously I don’t see myself as some out-of-touch radical; quite the opposite. I said this on the show, and I’ll say it again, I’ve got the same concerns as the majority of Americans, I’ve got kids, a mortgage, a job, and I’m just trying to get by, give my kids a good home and a good future while staying up on the bills. And I’d also say my views aren’t unique or radical, because I’ve had a steadily growing readership since the blog’s inception, and a number of positive feedback since both this blog’s appearence in the Missoula Indpendent and on NOW.I’m not alone. And neither are you.

NOW did a fantastic job of showing the blogs as a network of grassroots activists working towards common goals, most notably finding and supporting ideal candidates. Which brings me to my favorite part of the segment: Margie.

I got goose bumps when she said in the past she always voted for the lessor of two evils. But this year, she’s voting for the candidate she wants in office. And that smile! That smile of pure joy! That’s exactly how I feel about Jon Tester and this Senate race. He’s the right man for the job. Period.

So if you haven’t seen it, give it whirl. The twins play a feature role, and there’s some excellent footage of the Hamilton debate.

For those of you who have been writing in, thanks for all the comments, and I’ll get back to you when I can. Thanks again!

In the meantime, for all those first-time blog visitors who were thrilled to something like 4&20 blackbirds, I assure you there are many blogs as good or better as this in your home state. Check out LeftyBlogs.com and click on your state in the left sidebar. Bingo! An instant list.

But the bottom line is that success this election in winning back Congress for America is you, dear reader. Get involved. You can make a difference.

  1. Great job! Just caught it on the East Coast. I thought you were very well spoken about what it is you’re doing. Go Tester!

  2. I don’t know what the public perception of bloggers is, or if there really even is one for that matter. You did much to show that most of us are simply real people with real concerns about real issues, and we’re willing to actively work for a better world. Good show.

  3. Margie

    My favorite part of the segment was Jay saying that he only requires 3 things of his government:

    I loved that comment because those 3 things are common to both sides of the political spectrum. Liberal or conservative.
    Being involved is where it is at. We need the ground game. But I think talking to our most conservative friends, not with the end view of changing their minds, but with the view of finding common ground. There ought to be lots.

    We have been divided and conquered. How do we become united and over turn these crooks? Communication!

    BTW – Thanks Jay!

  4. Wyatt

    Yawn…If you claim to require only 3 things from your government, 1/3’rd of the requirement being that it balances it’s books, then how could you be such an advocate for a national healthcare programme, which will certainly require the guv’mints books to be painted in red for generations?

    It’s fairly obvious the folks at NOW didn’t do their homework. Just how “in touch” can you be with “real Montana” when you claim to spend every waking minute blogging (or thinking about blogging) in the middle of the day from coffee shops in Missoula? Pathetic piece from NOW, but you get an A+ in shameless self-promotion.

  5. Thanks for dropping by! Of course I could ask you what you know about Montana with an Amsterdam ISP, but that’s another question.

    I have a full-time job, two kids, a mortgage. I am active in local politics, I volunteer, I get out in the world. If you find it difficult to lead a full life, that’s your problem, but please don’t project onto me.

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    […] Jay at 4&20blackbirds was featured on PBS’ NOW this week for a segment about the influence of blogs on politics, but specifically in the John Tester (D) v. Conrad Burns (R) Montana Senate race.  I thought Jay did a really great job of explaining the relationship.  See for yourself: Here’s a video clip of the show. Asides Bookmark […]

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