December 12, 2004

I'm Losing Here, People (Updated - I Won It)

Patterico is ahead in the Wizbang blog awards. He's posting "vote for me" over at Free Republic, exchanging blogroll links for endorsements, bashing me as a "liberal" over at Little Green Footballs, and pulling all sorts of other shenanigans. That kind of behavior can't be rewarded. But so is!

So please go here and correct it by voting for me.

Thanks, all. Your regularly scheduled programming will resume shortly.

UPDATE: Okay, polls are closed and I won best blog for the top 100-250. (Unless, that is, somebody cheated on my behalf - please tell me you didn't.) Thanks, everybody. And congratulations to Patterico and Meryl Yourish who took second and third place. They're both on my blogroll, and both well worth visiting on a regular basis.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at December 12, 2004 02:57 PM

" bashing me as a "liberal" over at Little Green Footballs,"

Michael, a liberal? Say it ain't so!

I have voted for you as often as I could, but I don't think it will overcome his shameless vote buying.

Posted by: FH at December 12, 2004 03:01 PM
I consider Michael to be a Roger L. Simon type of liberal. Roger recently had this to say.
If there's one thing I have learned in the last few years it's that allegiance to any political party should be transitory. I don't care what the party thinks. I care what I think. The minute it is the other way round, I have lost freedom of thought. The same thing is true of "isms" for me. So unlike Peter Beinart, I am not worried about resurrecting "liberalism" (or applauding "conservatism" for that matter). What interests me is getting more citizens of this country to support our militant position in the war on terror and to support our intervention in Iraq. The spread of democracy is extraordinarily difficult, but it is by far our most serious work. Democracy should be what we are most concerned about. At the moment, it's the only label that interests me.

Yeah, and I voted again. I can hardly wait for this to be over.

Posted by: Todd Pearson at December 12, 2004 03:15 PM

I would consider you a liberal, though most ideology quizzes put me to the right of Zell Miller, and I named my first cat after Attila the Hun; I also like to wear three-piece suits with bowties and I think white tie and tails is the optimum form of tuxedo, making me very conservative (and not just in the political sense), but in a fun way, I hope.

I will vote for your blog everyday and I link to your site and articles on my own blog, so give 'em hell, Mike. I'll vote for you twice a day as I can use a cyber cafe computer as well as my office workstation :)

Posted by: Green Baron at December 12, 2004 03:39 PM

Talk about neck and neck! 22.8% to 22.5%
out of 7490 votes that is only about 2 dozen votes separation.

Posted by: Dan Kauffman at December 12, 2004 03:40 PM

You could always fall back on the KBG method and put dioxin in Patterico's latte.

Posted by: Deuce at December 12, 2004 03:47 PM

Oh, bummer, when I voted for you this morning, you were ahead. Darn, darn, darn!!

Posted by: Maggie at December 12, 2004 03:49 PM

Hey, it's real politics writ small ;)

Posted by: chuck at December 12, 2004 04:12 PM


Are you campaigning for yourself on other blogs with large readerships?

I know it probably feels sleazy to do it - but since your competition isn't above such tactics, and time's a-wasting, maybe dropping a comment on a thread or two is worth a shot.

Fight fire with fire and all that.

Posted by: SoCalJustice at December 12, 2004 04:22 PM

I should add to my last post:

1) Desperate times, desparate measures;
2) rally the base;
3) pander to swing voters;
4) reach across the aisle;
5) release your compromising photos of Patterico to Drudge.

Whatever it takes.

Posted by: SoCalJustice at December 12, 2004 04:39 PM

You seem to be taking this Patterico v Totten lark way too serious!

Posted by: Benjamin at December 12, 2004 05:29 PM

I feel dis-enfranchised !!!
Lawyers---- we need lawyers; many many lawyers.

Posted by: dougf at December 12, 2004 05:31 PM

Damn - you were ahead when I voted for you this morning too.

Posted by: d-rod at December 12, 2004 05:58 PM

Wahoo, Michael is ahead again. When does this darn thing end anyway? Midnight? PST, EST?

Posted by: Maggie at December 12, 2004 06:22 PM

BTW, I never visited Patterico's blog until this little electoral rivalry.

And aside from all the blegging, trash-talking and other various and sundry shenanigans, I see why he's doing so well.

It's a great site.

Congrats to both of you for being at the top of your respective ecosystem.

Posted by: SoCalJustice at December 12, 2004 08:09 PM

I'm barely able to make my dried out eyes focus on anything but law case books right now, and my desk in the library is more of a campsite than a study area, and with the first of four finals tomorrow, I don't have the time to figure out who "Patterico" is. Or actually any of those other blogs on the voting list. But of course, Michael, you have my vote. As you say, who else goes to Libya for his readers?

Posted by: harry at December 12, 2004 08:13 PM

Hey Harry,

We're supposed to having a drink soon. (Days ago, actually.) Call me after your Law finals!

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at December 12, 2004 08:35 PM


Thanks! I have to say it's an honor to have been in competition side by side with folks like panty-wearing Michael, MEryl Yourish, and Pejman. Great bloggers all.

Barring irregularities, it looks like Michael may be walking away with this, despite my multitude of evil and underhanded machinations for attemping to swing the vote. But the real fun of it is publicity for all.

In particular, if you liked my site, I hope you return regularly, and comment from time to time.


Posted by: Patterico at December 12, 2004 09:10 PM

Hey, Patterico guy, as I told Meryl, you're a real cutie, so I'll be visiting often. Besides you've got a heck of a blog there. But I just had to vote for Michael.

Posted by: Maggie at December 13, 2004 07:50 AM

I hate to say this, but I just went back to the awards website, and it shows Patterico as the winner. Bummer.

Posted by: Maggie at December 13, 2004 08:31 AM

Michael was ahead in the exit polls, but Patterico won. Fraud obviously.

Posted by: David at December 13, 2004 02:07 PM

Exit polls??

I don't know how serious that comment was, but the vote totals were revised due to some ballot stuffing by a couple of overzealous Totten supporters. (It wasn't Michael's fault, of course -- that should go without saying.) Michael and I were both informed of the situation and were provided the logs showing the fraud.

I say this only defensively, in case anyone thought I had done something underhanded.

Some putz committed fraud voting for me as well -- but only to the tune of about a dozen votes. Totten's supporters were more enthusiastic and gave him I think almost 300 extra votes (if memory serves -- the totals aren't in front of me). I mention the guy who committed fraud on my behalf only to bolster my point that nobody should blame Michael (or me) just because some yahoo was cheating on our behalf.


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