With the election looming over the masses of Democrats, Republicans, the united, and the pissed off, I can only imagine how the outcome will translate on Melissa Griffin's political commentary website: Sweet Melissa. If the site's tagline is accurate, one can foretell that she will decidedly break the political news down. "Into pieces."
Aside from some very cogent coverage of the national election, Sweet Melissa is most pertinent to those Bay Area residents who roam the net while simultaneously inhaling their morning coffee. Griffin is both a watchdog and a hawk when it comes to San Francisco politics and City Hall. She has many, many angles covered.
The site is easily navigated through recent posts, a nifty "November '08 Voter Guide," and an all around clear focus within the crossfire of politics. In other words, there are specific, actual facts within a sometimes vastly complicated war zone of words. Likewise, there are summaries that demonstrate Griffin's outstanding job of recapping events without flaunting bias, as found in the District 9 supervisor candidate debate post.
On equally dorky and fun footing (matching the high jinx of a District 9 debate), Griffin updates her blog every Friday with an emphasis on video. This past week, for example, Aaron Peskin, the President of the Board of Supervisors, spouts some not so nice words about the "conservative takeover of San Francisco." Also posted this past week is the entertaining, low-budget John Avalos District 11 commercial, as well as a disturbing video of patrons at a Palin rally in Ohio explaining in bigoted rhetoric the reasons Obama should not be elected come November 4... I take that back, maybe some of the video is not as fun as a District 9 debate.
Luckily, I still have the "10 Best Bored of Supervisors Quotes" to peruse to lighten the mood.
Maybe it's because I am new to the city and a political dork myself, but Sweet Melissa makes me feel that I am aware and involved in San Francisco politics, despite whatever party I may happen to identify with. Griffin's posts possess an ability to convey the ordinary and the everyday in a political process that so many find baffling.
To learn the ins, outs, and minute details of Bay Area politics, visit Sweet Melissa.