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Looking Ahead to 2008


July 10, 2005

This has been buzzing around the blogosphere for a while now, but its nice to see the mainstream media pick it up as well.

In the latest evidence of the permanent campaign, a 26-year-old Web wizard has opened a "2008 Presidential Wire" that tracks news stories and blog entries for both parties' likely candidates -- 10,641 of them since May 27, 2005. That's stories, not candidates.

The wire, which allows users to sort stories by candidate or by party, is at patrickruffini.com, the Web site of Patrick Ruffini, who was webmaster for the Bush-Cheney campaign committee and President Bush's inauguration committee.

The site shows which candidates are getting the most clicks, and has a "Hot Stories" section. Maybe '08 fever hasn't really swept the Internet yet -- on Friday evening, the five hottest stories had registered four to eight clicks each. Despite his GOP credentials, Ruffini says "The Wire," as he calls it, is a nonpartisan effort.

"A computer program goes out and finds all the links, with minimal editing on my part," Ruffini wrote in an e-mail. "The goal is to present relevant stories and blog entries unfiltered and let readers decide what's important."

Each headline has a head shot of the candidate next to it, and the site has tote boards with labels that rank candidates on charts such as "Hot on Blogs" and "Big in MSM." If you don't know that stands for "mainstream media," you had better get with it. The 2008 election is less than 40 months away.

Ruffini, who calls his tool "the first news aggregator and buzz tracker devoted to the next presidential campaign," said visitors have clicked through to 30,973 stories. He said in announcing the site that being early has its advantage because it allows "a glimpse into the Statehouse or the Senate office without being inundated by 24/7 cable news coverage and hundreds of versions of the same wire copy."

Congrats Patrick...


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presidential campaign," said visitors have clicked through to 30,973 stories. He said in announcing the site that being early has its advantage because it allows "a glimpse into the Statehouse or the Senate office without being

Jul 12, 2005 4:26:39 AM      Posted by game.


Hello everyone.

My name is Arnold Jones. I am a democrat with independent values. I am running for president in 2008. Please view my website.

I would enjoy and look forward to reading posts and questions regarding all topics and conerns you have.

Sincerely,
Arnold Jones

Aug 9, 2005 9:55:25 PM      Posted by Arnold Jones.


Are current Democratic Party leaders sabotaging the party. So says the Holy Spirit's message on The Christian Prophet blog which is very interested in resurrecting the Democratic Party, but as a party which is strong and no-nonsense in protecting Americans.

Dec 27, 2005 8:44:54 PM      Posted by A Christian Prophet.




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