Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Obama Blog

Not that one, which has gone silent. Nope — a real, honest-to-goodness Senate blog. Just launched yesterday, rumor has it the Senator himself will be posting there.

(Disclosure: I helped set up and maintain the original campaign blog. I have nothing to do with the Senate site.)

FYI, in case anyone’s wondering: you can’t comment because Senate rules prohibit the changing of content on the site from outside the Senate’s IP addresses. Bummer.


  1. He needs an RSS feed. He'll lose his geek constituency if he doesn't get one soon.

  2. He could link to google groups or yahoo groups or delphiforums or whatever and comments could be made there.

  3. Actually, no, that wouldn't work. There are Senate rules about links from Senate-run sites to the outside world. Such a link would construe an official connection to those sites; even links from the Senate site to the Senator's PAC is a no-no.

  4. I wonder if (especially if the blog is available via RSS) it would be possible to offer a mirror of the blog someplace with the capacity to leave comments?

    Building on that, I wonder if it would be possible for someone to offer blogspace to all senators (and representatives) equally - and give them the capcity to link externally, allow comments etc?

    (not that I have the resources but it would seem like a worthwhile venture - and if done across the board and by a non-profit, non-partisan group I would hope it would pass ethical muster?)


  5. I see Barack is into endorsing former Klansmen now.

    It's a shame... I was a Conservative that liked him. Can't believe how fast Washington causes people to sell out.

    It's also ironic that if the man he's fundraising for would've gotten his way in the past, not only would Barack not be in the Senate, but he'd be barred from sharing a water fountain with Robert Byrd.

  6. Rick:

    Given the positive press that Barack Obama has been getting lately - between the book and his role as a democratic hopeful in 2008 - I thought that your readers might be interested in the tracking of Obama for President on www.PresRace.com.

    www.PresRace.com is not affiliated with any party - this is merely a public service. The information is powered by TrendIQ, a business intelligence firm that measures the buzz for many Fortune 500 companies.

    Happy to answer any questions.


  7. This man will never be the President of the United States. EVER!

  8. I know the senator doesn't have much of a chance for the 08 run but he needs to do it anyway to prepare for the 2012 run. Hillary will be a one-term pres, if she wins, and the country will definitely be ready for Obama by then. I believe he will be the greatest President ever. I just hope I live long enough to see him inaugurated. GO OBAMA

  9. As Newt Gingrich (a man with no reason to try to support Barack) said on Meet the Press - "Abraham Lincoln had only two years experience in the US House of Representatives when he became presdident and he did alright." (Greatest president in our nation's history).

    Barack is clearly different. A totally different king of leader. Hillary is fine - but too "political" too "scripted" and could never EVER win a general election.

    Check out:


    for example of the popular support Barack is getting - even way outside the normal "primary voters" and WAY in advance of the election.


  10. Hey Guys, I thought you might like to know that we have an active blog for Obama. Its our thoughts integrated with rss feeds from political news sources.

  11. Obama would make a great president by appointing knowledgeable people to lead the critical government agencies.

  12. There is a blog that tracks where Obama is each day. It is the Fox station in Chicago that calls and talks to his office every day. They are next to his headquarters. They have been covering him since he was a state legislator. www.obamatracker.com

  13. We've just gone live with our own support Obama site. It's nice to see others who have setup blogs and info sites as well. We need to do as much as possible to get the word out about Barack Obama. More information and more sites is definitely better.

    Let's get him nominated first, then get out and vote when he's running for President in the next election!


  14. I am building a web site ...www.republicanpresidentialdebates.com and

    I am interested in finding responsible group/candidates to assist with these sites.

    email : phil@hartten.com

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