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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Virginia's New Star

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Who’s Virginia’s newest political star?

It’s Not Larry Sabato…

Political junkies all over the country know Larry Sabato. For reporters at major newspapers from The Los Angeles Times to The Washington Post, the mustachioed director of UVA’s Center for Politics is the go-to guy for political analysis.
Sabato is particularly famous for offering a horserace-style analysis of politics couched in quotes like the one he recently gave to the Denver Post. In a July 7 article about the upcoming battle between Republicans and Democrats over the Supreme Court nominee, Sabato said: “It’s hard to imagine that this one won’t be nasty.” No shit.
The combination of Sabato’s ubiquity and occasional innoc-uousness has prompted a back-lash from a quartet of smartasses in the blog-osphere. Two Democrats and two Repub-licans writing under the name “Not Larry Sabato” have created a blog (http://virginia to analyze Virginia politics from a non-Sabato point of view.
“It was kind of a joke about how everywhere you go, you see him quoted,” says one of the bloggers, who names himself only as Not Larry Sabato. “We thought that if our blog became big enough, newspapers would quote us as a counter to him. Like, ‘Larry Sabato said this, but Not Larry Sabato said this.’”
Besides the fact that they are not Larry Sabato, one thing that’s clear about the bloggers is that they are plugged into both the Virginia Democratic and Republican parties. That’s the reason the bloggers refuse to announce their identities.
“There’s no point in doing this if you’re not anonymous,” says Not Sabato. “We’re putting out information we get in secret meetings…if people knew who we were, we wouldn’t get invited.”
Not Larry Sabato says he and his fellow not-Sabatos started the blog to shed some light on how political campaigns actually work behind the theater of press releases and photo ops.
“Most incumbents in this state are out of control,” he says. “They don’t care about the impact of anything they do. There’s extraordinary arrogance on both sides. They want to do their stuff in the dark, and they don’t like people discussing anything about them.”
The bigwigs have apparently been reading the Not Larrys. On a recent post, one Not Larry says that when the blog mocked a photo of Democrat Brian Moran posted on the delegate’s official website, the picture was replaced within two days. When the blog chastised Republican Jim Hyland for negative attacks, the candidate’s message turned much more positive. “We’re getting reports back from the meetings… we hear they’re all complaining about the blog,” Not Sabato says.
One person who isn’t complaining is Larry Sabato. “I thought it was hilarious,” says Sabato, who recently posted a comment on the blog saying so. “I don’t think they meant it as a dig. I’m at the age where in order to survive, I frequently interpret insults as backhanded compliments.”—John Borgmeyer


At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blah blah, we're so good. Why don't you guys get off the obvious ego trip and stick to the campaigns? It's almost comical how much you all are caught up in your fleeting 15 seconds of "fame."

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon #1,

Your sour grapes are showing.
NLS is doing a great job!

Good way to measure a blog's success is the number of comments. In that regard alone NLS is ahead of the rest of the pack. Then when you take into consideration the high quality and great accuracy of the NLS material...

Any way, don't let bitterness and jealousy rule your existence. Life is too short to hold someone else's success against them.

With much love,

Anon #2

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but look at the number of "anonymous" comments. That alone should signal that these guys and gals are creating their own comments to beef up the stats.

At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Larry Sabato's Hairpiece said...

Anon 2: I think you are Not Larry Sabato. Your ego is not hidden well.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were promised the #4 race yesterday. Deliver on your promises!

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Sabato's Hairpiece,

No dear friend, I am not Not Larry Sabato. I don't know Not Larry Sabato but the friend of the truth is my friend.
So although I don't know NLS, I do consider NLS my friend(s).

With equal measures of love and respect I remain,

Anon #2

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Everyone liked the article. You know it.

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one read it but you.

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Not Hiram Ulysses S. Grant said...

What? C-Ville doesn't stand for Centreville? Hmmm, you learn something every day!

At 11:15 AM, Blogger not paul goldman said...

congratulations NLS!

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else have a problem with the fact that the number of "Look at all the attention I'm getting" posts are pretty much equal to the "relevent information about the election" posts?

Provide coverage of the elections NLS, we don't need any new articles to help us find our way to the blog, we are already here.

Oh, and I'll believe that there are 4 people blogging under the name "Not Larry Sabato" when hell freezes over and pigs fly all at the same time.

At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Not Larry Sabato's Ego said...

Sorry it took me so long to post, I mistakenly believed the world revolved around me, so I'm only getting around to posting now.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Ego, it's so good to see you!

At 12:17 PM, Blogger not paul goldman said...

Why all the hate directed at NLS? He is providing a service and got some press behind it. Whats wrong with that. If you don't like it you can vote with your mouse and just click and go elsewhere

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Not Larry Sabato's Ego said...

Help, I can't get out the door. Either I'm too big or Not Paul Goldman's ego is blocking me.

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not paul goldman asks, "Why all the hate?"

Jealousy rears its ugly head...

All of you envious anons relax, take a breath, let go of your hatred. Do not give in to the dark part of your soul. Learn to love the truth. It will truly set you free. :O)

Yours sincerely,

Anon #2

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We prefer our Virginia bloggers have more humility than this. If I didn't know any better, I'd think NLS was made up of Northern Aggressors.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger not paul goldman said...

One blogger's aggressor is another's liberator

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NPG, that was funny.

But NLS is still a pompous a*s.

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous E.D. is not your friend said...

One of the various anonymous posters wrote:

I am not Not Larry Sabato

From what I recall, rules of logic have it that a double-negative is a positive. Therefore, if one says that they are not Not Larry Sabato, then they are, in fact, Larry Sabato. :D

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Not Impressed By NLS said...

While I realize ya'll are getting a kick out of your own press, it's getting to the point where every other post is you guys stroking your own ego with another news article. How about if you do a little more reporting on races and a little less media-whoring?

At 4:46 PM, Blogger not paul goldman said...

Hmmm Not Impressed did you pay to read this blog? What duty does NLS owe to you? You folks are funny..if you don't like the blog...protest with your mouse and don't read it.

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Not Blackbeard said...

Avast ye weak landlubbers!

Political junkies (politicians and political operatives more likely) disgusted with self-promotion? This be like a whore calling a tavern wench a slut.

Ar, I be most amused.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger not paul goldman said...

Now thats funny

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

That's very funny

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben Tribett is NLS, reveal yourself!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Last Anonymous, this is a fine thread for you to guess who NLS is. The threads about particular races are not.

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous still not impressed said...

Not PG, I wasn't demanding a refund to my credit card, smartass; I was complaining about an otherwise decent blog for political information spending half it's time patting itself on the back.

Don't take it so personal, I wansn't commenting on *your* blog, which is.....oh, wait...

At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have it from a good source that NLS is a "Dem".. who's tired so making no money as an operative and has started this blog in order to write his book called "How I got some attention"

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once they find out he's a Dem, the book won't sell.

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