Democrats Behind the Curve
Policlicks.com has added a third-party area and posted its first statement from a Libertarian candidate. So far, local and state Republicans seem hipper to the possibilities of this online forum, although US 12th district incumbent Mel Watt seems likely to add a link soon and county commissioner Jeff Thigpen is already using Policlicks to his advantage.
The site is nonpartisan but it grew out of a project for the VFW, the state chapter of which just endorsed Liddy Dole. The VFW connection also gave Policlicks an early association with Howard Coble, who allowed the site to run a non-political spot he had recorded to support the renaming of Pope Air Force Base after a local WW II ace, George Preddy. That background may have helped attract GOP candidates early, and perhaps to give some Democrats pause about appearing on the site. Or maybe the Demos are just slow on the uptake.
Policlicks is working today to get links to candidate spots and debates forwarded via email by the parties.
Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio, And Could You Please Take Barry Bonds With You?
I didn't watch a full inning of baseball all season. I watched about five minutes of last night's Game 7 of the World Series. It just never caught my attention--and I'm a sports fan, living in a house with an 11-year-old sports freak. It didn't help that the marquee player in this series was an asshole. But the sad truth is that I'm not angry at baseball, I'm over it.
Calling off the Series a few years ago and threatening to do it again this year uncoupled my connection to the sport. Why should I care when they don't? This wasn't a decision on my part, it was a change in feeling, like falling out of love. I still follow baseball more closely than non-fans, and a more compelling match-up (especially one that fires Elijah up) will no doubt bring me back to the tube more often in years to come. But it was just a score to check in this morning's paper. I didn't even read the article, just the headline and the caption, then moved on to important things like football and basketball.