politicians, election season, and blogging

Some of us blog all year round.  During election seasons, you will see candidates for public office “blog”.  To most politicians, blogs represent the devil. Yet during election season they seek to harnass the powers of citizen journalism.  It’s a love-hate relationship at best.

Only to me cutting and pasting press releases is not blogging, and is certainly not being done by the actual candidates. They probably don’t even know how to log onto their “blogs” let alone post.  Bet they would flunk a quiz on basic HTML code too.

West Chester Patch commented today on Facebook:

District 156 throw down on Patch.  Both Binder and Truitt are now blogging.  Truitt: http://patch.com/B-cxZt  Binder: http://patch.com/B-cxVF

Eternally curious with a few minutes to kill I went to take a peek.

Truitt Campaign: Posted on October 3, 2012 at 10:50 am



WEST CHESTER – State Representative Dan Truitt (R-156) today announced that he has received a letter of endorsement from the Chester County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 11 in his bid for re-election.

Bret Binder (D) Applauds Commonwealth Court Ruling, Expresses Caution About Law’s Implementation Going Forward


Bret Binder reacted on Tuesday to the Commonwealth Court’s decision to prevent Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law from taking full effect.

“While I agree with Judge Simpson’s decision and it is indeed a victory for Pennsylvania voters, it does not change the fact that this law is a poorly designed attempt to disenfranchise a large portion of the electorate. Dan Truitt’s Republican friends in Harrisburg have made that very clear.”

Jumping Jehosaphats people!  That is NOT blogging in either case.  There is no first person recounting or any personal opinion whatsoever. Wow. I feel like I stepped into the fictional campaigns in the series “Boss” .

These are merely press releases written by other people .  If the candidates are going to blog, then really blog.  The campaigns of BOTH candidates are insulting the intellegence of Chester County voters.

And regarding the Presidential “debates”?  I am voting them a skip it.  They are completely scripted and they might as well have talking robots on stage tonight.

I respect candidates who can speak for themselves.  Let’s hope some of them learn to do that before election day.

Peace out.