Sunday, October 15, 2006

Richard Pombo Has A Blog — But YOU Can’t Read It

Richard Pombo has unveiled a new campaign website (his third in this race). I’m guessing that the change is a reaction to Jerry McNerney’s recently upgraded and spiffy-looking website. Well, Pombo’s colors may be brighter and the graphics a little more interesting than they were, but the site remains as content-less as in its previous incarnations. Pombo’s Lean Cuisine “Issues” page stands in stark contrast to Jerry McNerney’s meaty and substantive positions on issues of the day.

More interesting (at least to me) is the website's newly-introduced Pombo Blog. It’s been pretty obvious for some time now that Richard Pombo and his campaign staff have been paying attention to the blogs covering CA-11. Apparently, however, they are abysmally slow at conceptualizing the raison d’être of blogs.

If you try to access Richard Pombo’s blog, you will encounter this message: “This blog is using’s private blog feature.” So what, exactly, is a private blog feature? WordPress explains it this way:
What this means is that you can have a list of friends or trusted readers that can see your blog, but no one else can. This is a very interesting twist for the service, and I think it will give people the added security they have wanted for publishing more personal things.

Gee, and all this time, I thought the purpose of a political blog was to inform and engage readers — not to purposely keep them in the dark. What a purely Pombo-esque proposition: start a blog and then bar anyone who isn’t in your secret club from being able to read it.

Wow. Way to reach out to constituents. Given Richard Pombo’s dismal record, though, I don’t blame him for being afraid to engage with the voters of CA-11.


Blogger Matt Ortega said...

"I don’t blame him for being afraid to engage with the voters of CA-11."

Wouldn't be the first time:

2:12 PM, October 15, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

You want another comparison? Jerry posts all of the events he is going to on his site. Pombo keeps them hidden until the last minute. I guess he is afraid that Ellis will find out and greet the attendees.

If you really want to hear Pombo in person, I guess you have to attend the Republican Women's Federated meeting next Thursday.

2006 Republican Candidate Forum

Thu., Oct. 19, 6 p.m.
Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated hosts forum for Republican candidates, including John Dendulk, Richard Pombo, George Bruno, Darcy Linn, Lou Filipovich, Guy Houston, and Jill Buck.

Price: free

Kassabian Motors
6080 Dublin Blvd.
Dublin, CA

The Alameda GOP web site says "FREE event, open to all. Light refreshments, door prizes and a special giveaway!"

9:23 PM, October 15, 2006  
Blogger Steve said...

Why does that Pombo Blog logo remind me of HBO's Entourage?

See what I mean?

10:32 AM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does look like it!

12:19 PM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger dave said...

You also can't post a comment at

Of course, considering they've only managed one post since they started, I'm not sure you could really call if a "blog"...

2:51 PM, October 16, 2006  

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