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Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Dead Governors are, well, dead.

The Capitol Bureau is now closed — yesterday the anonymous bloggers at Politics VT (all of them named after dead Vermont governors) made their final post.

The guvs announced their departure back in April of last year, and now that all the politicians are installed in their new elective offices, they've made good on their word. In their parting post, they urge Vermonters to start up their own blogs, to hold politicians accountable.

Check out the reaction to their departure in the comments thread of the last post. I think this exchange about sums up their two-year tenure. The authors, like the bloggers, are anonymous, so who knows if it's legit. Make of it what you will.

At     January 10, 2007 ,         Maggie_LLL12 said...

When I googled Vermont politics for a research paper, this was the first thing that I got. I have been coming back ever since and I am truly hopeful that someone returns to finish the work that you have all started. Maybe I will start something up? Who knows.

I am just glad that you all provided this forum for us. Well Done and Thank You.

At     January 10, 2007 ,         Anonymous said...       

This is my first, and most likely only blog post....ever. I was involved in Vermont politics this cycle and thereby had firsthand knowledge of many of the topics discussed on this blog.

While working, I made it a point to check your blog every so often and have come up with 2 possibilities for your blog. 1) You make stuff up. 2) You don't check your facts.

I know for a fact that much of the information and quotes you have posted were false. Either you guys made it up, or got the information from someone who fabricated it, and you didn't bother to verify it's authenticity. Either way, you are not journalists, despite what you might think.

Maggie, I hope to God that you didn't use this site for your research paper. Only a moron of a teacher would let someone cite a blog as a resource...unless of course you were writing a paper about blogs that perpetuate false information.

At     January 10, 2007 ,         Maggie_lll12 said...               

Dear Anonymous,

I did not use this blog as a reference. I actually just used it as a starting point and which campaigns to pursue.

By the way, I got an B+.

So long, guvs!


January 11, 2007 at 12:50 PM in VT Blogs | Permalink


PolVT never allowed anonymous comments before now. Their MO was via the use of phoney "sock-puppet" commentators like "Demguy" and "Doodle." I wonder why they opened up the floor to people w/o blogger log-ins now.

This was never a legitimate blog. It was a paid venture with a political agenda, produced by Rich Tarrant's friend.

I hope they really take the thing down. Leaving it up as they have is weird.

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Jan 11, 2007 3:24:42 PM

I think they did a great job. Better to leave a good stagnant blog up than to perpetuate some of the laughable disasters that pass for blogs around here.

Posted by: Barry Bonds' Greenies | Jan 11, 2007 7:22:04 PM

I just tried to write "Barry Bonds' Greenies" at the email address linked to the name ([email protected]) and I got a failure notice. Further, there is no website called "dustremovaldevice.com."

"Barry Bonds' Greenies" used a fake email with his or her comment! My goodness. Who would do such thing?

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Jan 13, 2007 6:55:19 PM

Why, that is completely unprecedented! Welcome to the internet, young man!

Posted by: You Go Wild Man | Jan 13, 2007 10:25:40 PM

And why should he have to give his email address? You would probably harass him.

Posted by: | Jan 14, 2007 10:41:10 PM

"You would probably harass him."

Why do you say this? Whom have I ever harassed?

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Jan 15, 2007 9:07:47 PM

Today Politics Vermont Blog's URL redirects visitors to a hardcore porn site.

I can't believe the whole local blogosphere except me treated that sham as an equal. That is a sad commentary, especially on the so-called "J-bloggers." I think we could have used a little more "J" in this case.

Anonymous blogging has its place, but not when it comes to politics. Anonymous political blogs are dangerous and should be universally denounced as NOT CREDIBLE.

If the local blogosphere does not become self-correcting in this regard, this garbage will only proliferate.

I'm proud to have drawn a line in the sand against PolVT, because today with the porn redirect they have revealed themselves as the scumbags they are.

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Jan 18, 2007 10:26:48 PM

"because today with the porn redirect they have revealed themselves as the scumbags they are."

I almost hesitate to ask, but what is your brilliant hypothesis as to why the authors of that blog might have wanted to set up that redirect?

Posted by: zzz | Jan 18, 2007 11:29:27 PM

You tell me.

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Jan 19, 2007 12:51:09 AM

I'm not the one who called them "scumbags" because someone hacked their site. Go on, give us your theory as to why someone would do that to their own blog, don't just throw it out there and then skitter away.

Posted by: zzz | Jan 19, 2007 9:33:29 AM

Someone hacked their blog?

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Jan 19, 2007 8:35:39 PM

"...why someone would do that to their own blog..."

My Blog is my own. My name is all over it. The people who wrote PolVT never took ownership of that blog. They kept their identities hidden the entire time.

I don't know why someone would do such a vulgar thing with a blog, but it's not like their reputations were on the line or anything. So when you ask why someone would do that to "their own" blog, my answer would be, they wouldn't. But I've contended all along that PolVT was simply a contract venture, and therefore its authors didn't "own" it any more than the 7-11 worker owns the slurpee machine.

Just like your anonymous comments. Who are you? Don't just start a conversation about taking 'ownership' "and then skitter away.'

I've never seen that happen to a site before. Even vermontsenaterace.com had the decency to leave their site looking like this, after the election.

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Jan 19, 2007 8:55:43 PM

"So when you ask why someone would do that to 'their own' blog, my answer would be, they wouldn't."

So they're scumbags because... someone else hacked their site. And it's not their site because you don't know who they are.

I guess that's no less nonsensical than the rest of your attacks on them.

Posted by: zzz | Jan 19, 2007 10:21:26 PM

I was so inspired by this thread, I made a post based on it.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Jan 22, 2007 6:21:09 PM

Bill, I'm sorry, but both this thread and your post at Candlestick seem, well, a little too blogger self-involved. Naval inspection, anyone?

Hey, isn't there anything going on in the real world -- like a speech or two -- to discuss?

Posted by: Nate | Jan 23, 2007 3:44:28 PM

Well pardon me for writing about things that pertain to me on my own blog. Nobody's is forcing you to read this stuff, Nate. And if by "a speech or two" you mean to suggest that we ought to be writing about politics instead, then I would ask if you really understand what the words "real world" mean.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Jan 23, 2007 4:25:55 PM

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