Thursday, August 21, 2008

Neither one of them, apparently, reads this blog

I refer to Messrs. Obama and McCain, our presidential candidates.

The gmail blog announced this week that the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees-to-be have agreed to share their Internet reading lists with the denizens of the Blogospher. Thus... Senator McCain's "Google Reader shared items" and also Senator Obama's.

I searched both sites in vain for a reference to Second Effort... and was disappointed not to find any, though not surprised.

Specific articles are culled and made available on these "shared items" sites. Oddly enough, those featured on Senator Obama's praise his campaign, while those featured on Senator McCain's favor his. As this is written, for example, the lead article on Obama's shared items site comes from the Martinsville (Va.) Bulletin website... a paper that is probably not a daily read for the Illinois senator.

On the other hand, the items in the right hand columns of the sites -- though no doubt also selected by their respective staffs -- may provide a sliver of insight into their respective views of the world: The Wall Street Journal is on both sites, as is ESPN (Disney will be pleased)... but Fox News, the Drudge Report and are listed only on Senator McCain's. The Daily Kos, the Washington Post and the New York Times (genuflection optional) are only found on Senator Obama's list.

Both McCain and Obama feature their hometown papers and hometown teams -- and I was pleased to note that Senator Obama (an open and notorious White Sox fan) provides a link to the official Pale Hose site... but not to the Cubs. Senator McCain also provides a link to his daughter Meghan's blog.

I have to wonder, though, whether either Senator Obama or Senator McCain actually find time during their whirlwind days to browse the Internet.

Somehow, I kind of doubt it.


Jean-Luc Picard said...

It's their loss. It doesn't seem like they read mine either....unless they are lurkers!

Linda said...

Neither of them has left a comment on my blog either and it would have been so easy to do so at an "I've Got a Question, You've Got an Answer" post!

Basically what you're saying here then is that they both have blogs but essentially they are just token blogs in order to seem as if they are true members of the Blogosphere, right?

Hmpf! Unless they each have a Peace Globe then they, sir, are certainly not bloggers at all!

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i don't seem to have made the list either. funny, i was just SURE i'd be there what with my mad doodles and all... go figure.

smiles, bee