Learning from the year of the blogAfter the defeat of Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democrat Senate Primary by Ned Lamont, many people are rightly crediting weblogs and bloggers with playing the decisive role in Lieberman's defeat. The Daily Kos, which is probably the most prominent left-wing blog in the national blogosphere, was constantly beating the drum in favor of Lamont and against Lieberman. It was more than just Kos, however, it was the many leftist bloggers who link to Kos (like these) every day. Lamont has even admitted that bloggers played a critical role in his campaign.
Granted, Lieberman stands a good chance of being re-elected as an independent, but the blogs of the left did as much for his undoing in the Primary as any media blitz by Lamont. That being the case, what the bloggers of the Left did in Connecticut could and should be used as a model for conservatives who are fighting for control of the Republican Party in Tennessee and in many other States. If the Left can use the blog as a decisive tool to undo a candidate that does not fit into their values as liberals and Democrats, the Right should be able to do the same thing to candidates in Primaries where that candidate does not suit our values as conservatives and Republicans.
We can really learn from Lieberman's defeat. There are a lot of Rightist bloggers out there, but we really need something on the Right that has the influence that The Daily Kos has that can be used not merely to pass on news and information, but connect more conservative bloggers to each other so that we can use our blogs even more effectively to influence the outcome of who controls the GOP and what direction the conservative movement takes. This can be done-we've seen the proof in Connecticut.