For the last few months my pre-breakfast morning ritual has been determined by American opinion polls. As a political junkie, the first thing I've done every morning over the last six months has been to check out the latest opinion polls at the incomparable RealClearPolitics. Then I've gone to Politico, FiveThirtyEight and blogs like the HuffingtonPost and TheDailyDish that have done such an addictive job commenting on this memorable election.
So what now? What am I and the tens of millions of other politicos supposed to do before breakfast now that the election is finally over? With Obama's landslide victory last week, American politics is supposed to change dramatically. But what about change on the blogosphere? What becomes of online political opinion when, on 20 January of next year, Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America?
The polls might have temporarily shut, but I suspect that the blogosphere is about to get uncomfortably provocative, particularly if the recession is as long as deep as most economists expect. The Internet is a natural medium of opposition, so expect American conservatives to embrace online media with much more gusto and creativity after 20 January. Whereas the blogosphere has been dominated in George W. Bush age by left-liberal blogs like Josh Marshall's TalkingPointsMemo and Marcos Moulitsas Zuniga's DailyKos, an Obama presidency will throw up new online conservative radicals who, I suspect, will dramatically reshape American political discourse.
Just as the current doyen of conservative muckrakers, Matt Drudge of the eponymous DrudgeReport, made his name exposing the stain-filled scandals of the Clinton Presidency, so a new ecosystem of online Obama-critics will seize control of the conservative movement in America. On the Internet, insurrection leads to insurrection to insurrection. It's a broadband version of Trotsky's theory of Permanent Revolution. These conservative insurrectionists -- the Drudge 2.0s of Obama's America -- might yet to be identified, but I'm confident that their online opinion will replace the polls as my not always edifying pre-breakfast nourishment over the next four years.