Whatever is in play, the disappearance of the Left in the arena of ideas is startling. As reflected in these hard numbers from "As political season heats up, Politico’s Web traffic cools down":
Political websites gain and lose readers throughout election cycles, with presidential election years trending higher in unique Web traffic when compared to off-years and midterm elections. Web traffic analysts told The Daily Caller that politico.com’s traffic patterns should be expected to fit that mold: With the Iowa caucuses fast approaching, unique traffic should increase.Here at From on High, where daily traffic is down a hair from election time, but holding remarkably steady since, may reflect some of that trend as well. In the kind of commenters to the weblog that show up each day. Where once there was raucous debate (which requires two sides ...), there is virtual silence these days on the Left.
But Politico’s traffic losses appear to be part of a year-long trend on the political left. Media Matters For America’s website, for instance, lost 56.83 percent of its unique visitors between November 2010 and November 2011. In the same 12-month period, Talking Points Memo lost 41 percent, Wonkette was down by 32 percent, Gawker declined by 31 percent, Salon decreased by 22 percent and progressive blog Daily Kos shed 18 percent of its unique visitors.
Other political news sites, including some decidedly not left-leaning, have seen dramatic increases in unique visitors in the year-long period ending Nov. 30. Newsmax.com’s numbers increased by 247 percent, The Daily Caller’s by 124 percent, and The Huffington Post’s by 113 percent. More modest performers during those same 12 months included The Blaze (up 57 percent), The Washington Times (up 47 percent), Slate (up 40 percent), the Washington Post (up by 38 percent) and the Christian Science Monitor (up 33 percent).
Politico’s downturn in unique visitors during November 2011 is remarkable since its marquee reporting moment during the GOP primary campaign — a story about businessman Herman Cain’s past alleged incidents of sexual harassment — first appeared online late on the night of October 30. Politico followed that initial story with another 90 during the following week.
Data from Alexa, Inc., indicate that politico.com saw a traffic spike after the Cain story broke, but Compete and Alexa data show that it was temporary. Ultimately, Politico’s sustained assault on Cain may have turned off as many readers as it drew in, even as the news outlet’s reporters and editors saw heavy rotation on liberal news network MSNBC during the scandal’s early days. MSNBC’s unique visitors in November were dead-even with its October numbers.
Part of that national trend?
I think so.
The Left is nowhere to be found these days.
Reality will have that effect.
How depressing it must be to wrap your belief system around certain doctrines, only to find out that they are unsupportable by real world conditions.
So they spend their day playing video games and looking at porn on the computer. And avoiding the harsh realities of the macrocosm.
I kinda miss them.
In a sadistic sort of way ...