Millionaire socialite Arianna Huffington may have married oil millionaire Michael Huffington, a family friend of the Bushes, but don't hold this against her. She is extraordinarily smart. She moved to
You might actually say that the history of political blogging might usefully be divided into the periods pre- and post-Huffington. Pre Huffington bloggers operated in a spirit of underdog solidarity. They hated the mainstream media - and the feeling was mutual. Then Huffington came along and recruited professional columnists and celebrity bloggers. Huffington's success made the first generation of bloggers look like two-bit prospectors panning for nuggets in shallow creeks before the big mining operations moved in. In the era pre-Huffington, big media companies ignored the web, or feared it; post-Huffington they started to treat seriously. Three years on and Rupert Murdoch is now looking to own many of the news sites that have followed in her footsteps. I like her because she has shown that a bit of marketing savvy and deep pockets can actually be a real force for good in the media. She is showing the rebels how to fight against the empire.