That blogs and the Internet have gained so much power does not surprise Julie Germany of George Washington University. In 2004, Howard Dean raised more money for his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee on the Internet than had been raised in any election before. His Internet success was attributed to the liberal activist group moveon.org rather than an individual blog or blogger.
Now, political power on the Internet has spread to even more individuals. And with bloggers' ability to raise money comes power and recognition from more traditional political players.
"This is something that for the past couple of years we've suspected would come," she said.
Now that the RNC is singling out Daily Kos for scrutiny, the rest of mainstream politics seems to realize the power of the blogs too.