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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

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The Game

What has amazed me is that so many people bit on the issues that Donohue raised.

They are all red herrings.

If it wasn't these posts, it would have been other ones.

This is NOT about bloggers, but allowing the right to still determine the agenda of Democrats.

They treat this as a game. They pick a target, they start down on the food chain, and if they smell blood, the story ,moves up the line.

The Edwards campaign reacted badly, then went into bunker mode.

Which had two effects, it let the story gain currency, fester for a day, and it gave credence to the charges.

It also allowed it to get to TV.

What people need to understand is that this is a game. Arguing the specifics makes you a fool, because they don't matter.

In 2005, the Hackett campaign found out that one of Jean schmidt's staff was into S&M. Nothing happened. So this isn't about issues.

The whole goal is to press Dems.

Why does this work? Because too many Beltway people think they can talk to white religious voters, despite every poll ever seen. The same people who obsess about winning the South.

So they pander. And lose.

Until we make it clear that they must be more responsive to their supporters than people who will never vote for them, this will continue.

So, when you see this happening, remember, it's a game.

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