Friday, July 29, 2011
Are Local Right-Leaning Blogs Losing Faith in Ballard?
The blogosphere in Indianapolis is filled with suddenly very few pro-Greg Ballard blogs, and that signals a big change in the landscape here.
The formerly-pro-Ballard Advance America, Bart Lies, Ogden on Politics, Indy Tax Dollars, and other blogs that helped to get the man elected have now turned either against the Mayor or at least take a more cynical view of the man we knew so little about in 2007.
Indiana Barrister is unapologetically more anti-Melina Kennedy than pro-Ballard. Abdul tends to post unsubstantiated rumors many times or take, what I would call, more than a few liberties with the truth. Abdul's game is Abdul's game, and it's well-known. He's going to continue to smoke a cigar, drink a martini, and stir the pot.
That leaves us with Capitol and Washington and Washington Street Politics.
Lately, Capitol and Washington has been much more about state and national politics than local Indianapolis politics, and that may be by design. They do, however, continue to consistently post. Capitol and Washington is more of a blog that is a repository for individual bloggers on the right to post under one umbrella.
The real surprise is Washington Street Politics. Many believe WSP, which is written anonymously, is actually penned by Robert Vane, a longtime Republican activist and former Ballard Administration Communications Director. The ghostwriter at WSP denies this is true.
In the last month, WSP has just four posts. There are three pieces on Congressional races and one that is effusive in praise to the Mayor for the plan that IBE, IMPD, Frank Straub, and others cooked up to cut violence on the second weekend of Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration.
Now, I know it's difficult to post each day, and I know that summertime isn't always the most interesting time for politics. With that said, there's been A LOT to post about recently. Washington Street Politics has been largely absent without explanation from the scene.
I guess that means there's just not much positive to say about Mayor Ballard right now.