The duel between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has been fascinating to watch. The sparks between the two blades can be glimpsed by watching the way in which the Rezko/Obama story is moving, a tale which revolves around the association of Barack Obama with an Illinois fixer called Rezko. The entire issue came to my attention after discovering what Peggy Noonan describes as "a Web site that is for all intents and purposes a back door to her war room? There you will see that federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will soon 'destroy' Barack Obama in a 'scandal' involving an 'indicted slumlord' who is Mr. Obama's 'friend of 17 years' and with whom Mr. Obama has been involved in 'shady deals." It's wall to wall Rezko-Obama. Here's a video I found at that site, Hillary is 44 which provides a summary of the story.
Hillary is 44? That site name would hardly ring a bell. Yet it doesn't have to. It may now be possible to scatter derogatory information like a breadcrumb trail through the Internet knowing that the blogs will pick it up (especially when alerted by emails) Once the blogs have sniffed it out at some point the buzz becomes loud enough to make it all the way to the MSM. In this case the story was in the Chicago papers for a long time. But it never had national legs, until perhaps now.
Suppose we run with the hypothesis that someone wants to spread the word that "Obama is linked to Rezko", how do we know whether this buzz is being successfully spread? Here are two queries I ran with Technorati which may provide an indication. The first shows all the blog posts originating from highly trafficked sites which have been talking about the story for the last 180 days.
The second graph shows the number of blogposts from sites with any authority, in other words from any site small or big, which has mentioned it in the last 180 days. As evident from the second graph, the mention of the words "Obama and Rezko" appears to be rising in frequency and becoming near daily in occurence.
In a reversal of expectations we are not seeing something that is percolating from small blogs to bigger blogs, but the reverse. It is almost as if a narrative that has already been noticed by the larger sites begins to attract the attention of even the smaller sites which do not get the email tip-offs the bigger sites do.