My mother had business for many years and in those halicon days before everyone had credit cards she gave this advice:
“Don’t be so fast to give credit, because when the people have cash they will go to people who demand cash and when they don’t they will go to you.”
My father being very soft hearted didn’t take that advice as much as she would have liked.
Well it looks like our liberal blogger friends have discovered the joys of this economic truth:
Welcome to a little place I like to call Reality.
Why should a group pay her to say what she was going to say anyway?
She complained about Americans United for Change and American Association of Retired Persons.
I’ve seen ads for Americans United for Change and AARP on Fox News. Those groups know that they have to pay to get their messages to Fox News viewers unfiltered.
Why should they pay Hamsher to do what she was going to do anyway for free?
Hey I thought these guys were true believers that they were doing this for the cause? Oliver and Andrew are making an actual living on this via time and media matters. If these guys want a paycheck for this don’t they have to produce a product that someone wants to pay for?
However there is a case to made:
The behind-the-scenes tensions go to the heart of the role these bloggers have created for themselves in Democratic politics — they’re basically advocates and operatives with big platforms — and their future role, too. They argue that their efforts and fundraising helped drive the Democratic ascendancy. Yet even the Dem party committees are reluctant to advertise with them, raising the question of whether the party will ever be willing to seriously invest long-term in this new media infrastructure.
“We don’t invest in the future, and Republicans do,” says John Aravosis, the founder of AMERICAblog. “The party committees really get that we can be effective as their partners and that we’re happy to help, and they take advantage of that. But even so, very little ad money comes from them. It’s more than just wanting to share in the spoils. We are small business-people who are fighting to survive economically in a really bad year.”
Blogging is nice but there is this thing called life that takes precedence. Anger sustained people for a while but you can’t stay outraged all the time. The only reason why the Answer crowd manages it is because they do it for a living.
It will be interesting to see what kind of response beyond some inexpensive ads this produces. This is why a blog like Instapundit that is not just a political machine is more favored.