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Team McCain Nervous about ‘Drudge Primary’?

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Posted on Jun 2, 2008

Trouble on the horizon for the GOP? Journo Matt Drudge (pictured) might be causing some.

The most powerful aggregator of Web site links ever, self-styled Internet phenom Matt Drudge, has become an election-year institution in his own right—or at least he looks that way to John McCain’s wary aides, who studied coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign on “The Drudge Report” and now wonder if they can count on Drudge’s supposedly conservative political orientation.


“It’s clear to us that Barack Obama has won the Drudge Primary, and it’s one of the most important primaries in this process,” conceded a senior aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who also acknowledged that Drudge’s treatment of Obama could make the Illinois senator more electable in November.

Now, as Obama and Sen. John McCain look toward the fall, Drudge has emerged unexpectedly as more of a threat to the Republican than to the Democrat. This, combined with the rise of left-leaning sites such as and—both of which have proved effective in promoting and amplifying a Democratic message—reflects a major shift from the last two presidential elections, a matter of open alarm to Republican strategists and surprised satisfaction to Democrats.

“The MSM is already sending love letters to Obama,” said a GOP operative who worked for the Bush-Cheney reelection. “That’s something that has traditionally been countered on the Republican side with talk radio, blogs to a lesser degree but especially Drudge. If those tools are not part of the Republican vehicle for message delivery, that’s crippling.”

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By MFS, June 4, 2008 at 4:37 am Link to this comment
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It had been five years since I’d even THOUGHT of Matt Drudge and now you’ve gone and stirred the punchbowl.

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By Maezeppa, June 3, 2008 at 6:49 am Link to this comment
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Don’t fall for this “republicans are worried” stuff.  Why should they worry?  Obama slaughtered Clinton in states McCain will take. 

If McCain is another Bush why isn’t that showing up in the polls?

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By Purple Girl, June 3, 2008 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

This is not just a fragrance in the Air, this is a gound shaking Upheavel- They round this Gravey Trian for Too Long and We are ready to throw them ALL on to the Tracks. We have Known about their Betrayal of their responsilbity to be the ‘FreePress’ - Just listne to Murdock Squirm.And they Know that WE know they are the Archilles Heel which the rest rely on to keep up their Ruse. We Ignore Then, Rebuke them an dOutright Reject them and the Politicians, Corps and Religious Fanatics are Silenced and Nullified.
So Media which side of ‘vs’ will You be On. You all have Welldocumented Evidence against these ‘Beasts’ come forward or parish with them. Bu tyou help is NOT necessary, WE are Fully capable of bringing them down without You.We’ll start by starving You out by turning you off, Your ‘advertisers’ will have No voice, thus no Revneues will be forth coming.Choose Now or Froever Reap Your Punishment with them

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By Louise, June 2, 2008 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment

So what does Matt know that McBush hasn’t figured out?

That the citizens don’t want another four years of getting the shaft maybe? wink

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By i,Q, June 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

... it’s “message delivery!”

Optimism abounds.

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