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Bottom Line—Blogs Need Rick Noriega More Than Rick Noriega Needs Blogs

A recent newspaper article suggests that Texas Senate Democratic candidate Rick Noriega criticized the divisive nature of some political blogs. This set off a fuss among Texas bloggers who have had a hand in supporting Mr. Noriega’s campaign.

What Mr. Noriega thinks about blogs means nothing. Nobody cares. Most newspaper stories, like most blog posts, fade away nearly as quickly as they arrive.

A response by many blogs to the story was to attack the messenger. Some said the story was a plot to separate bloggers from Mr. Noriega.

Some said the story was a plant from the campaign of an opponent of Mr. Noriega.

Yes—Reporters use sources.

Why aren’t more reporters relying on mind-reading abilities? And can’t they get the facts from interpreting cloud patterns?

The newspaper article was of benefit to bloggers because it mentioned them as people putting forth a viable candidate. As a general rule, anyone who mentions your name has done you a favor.

Some Texas bloggers are young people looking to make a name for themselves. Some live in Texas and some now live out of state. Today they are for this and tomorrow they will be for that. There is always another campaign.

Some bloggers are people looking for a gig and for a check.

Other bloggers, likely the majority of Texas bloggers, are people looking for a better Texas and, fairly enough, looking for more influence for blogs because they think this influence will help Texas.

At bottom line, Mr. Noriega is running for the United States Senate from the 2nd largest state in the union and he’ll do what serves his campaign. Bloggers need Mr. Noriega more than Mr. Noriega needs bloggers.

Maybe someday this type of relationship will shift more towards bloggers. But this is where we are at in Texas today.

Mr. Noriega has many constituencies to jumble. The further he goes down the road, the smaller blogs may appear in his rear-view mirror. If Texas bloggers can help send Mr. Noriega down that road to a better Texas, that is, for the moment at least, good enough.  

September 11, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Politics, Texas


  1. I’m not sure that Noriega needs the blogs more than the blogs need Noriega.

    Noriega seems very much a creation of the blogs. I couldn’t make this point more clearly than Noriega himself: “I would not be in the race for U.S. Senate in Texas without the netroots. A group of Texas bloggers banded together to form the Draft Noriega movement, and I answered their call in July to run for U.S. Senate.”

    I agree with Noriega’s self-assessment, but I do question whether it was Texas bloggers who recruited Noriega.

    Political consultant Nate Wilcox says “I started the draft effort with Richard Morrison and Boadicea from Texas Kaos,” modestly taking credit for being among the first bloggers to recruit Noriega. Predating Wilcox’s modest claim of king-making by months, however, Markos over at DailyKos has been talking of recruiting Noriega since February.

    No matter who recruited him, I think Noriega makes for a very compelling candidate.

    Comment by Tex Sen '08 | September 11, 2007

  2. How can you agree with what Mr. Noriega says and then dispute the facts of what he says?

    Mr. Noriega and his family made himself to a good degree with his own efforts. He did not come out of thin air.

    He has a record and a history to run on that pre-exists any draft efforts. We’ll see how well it all serves him in the campaign.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 11, 2007

  3. […] 11th, 2007 In light of what was written here at The Agonist yesterday about Rick Noriega, I find this analysis to be quite compelling, having seen bloggers court Noriega so heavily: The newspaper article was of […]

    Pingback by Noriega Redux « The Agonist | September 24, 2012

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