The Crew | Obama picks up the queen


We’ve been hearing rumors all week that Laurin Manning, “The Queen of SC’s Blogosphere,” was picked up by Barack Obama’s SC campaign. After visiting the Laurin Line this morning and seeing that she closed up shop, we called Laurin and she confirmed that she has indeed joined the Obama campaign.

A graduate of Wofford College, Laurin worked as a policy and press aide in Senator Fritz Hollings’ DC office. Upon her return to SC, Laurin entered law school at USC. That’s when she decided to take her blogging hobby seriously. The LaurinLine acquired a following, and political junkies from South Carolina began tuning in to see what Laurin had to say on a daily basis. The LaurinLine has been voted “Best Local Political Blog” by the readers of the Columbia Free-Times and has been linked by some of the most widely-read political websites in the country.

Recently Laurin created a community site called SouthCarolina ‘08, which is devoted to tracking presidential politics in the Palmetto State. She has recently stated that she will be turning over the reins of the site to a new owner in the very near future.

There’s no doubt that her netroots talents can help build a strong army of online activists across the palmetto state. The question is – can Laurin be the first in South Carolina to turn online activity into real votes? Well, she didn’t confirm her role, but the Obama campaign would be foolish not to give her a try, because if anyone can…it’s Laurin Manning.

“(T)he people say The LaurinLine reigns supreme. Why? Must be Manning’s sharp and thoughtful read on state-level politics, minus some of the unhinged and testosterone-fueled hyperbole you likely associate with political bloggers.”
–Dan Cook, Columbia Free-Times. November 8, 2006.

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8 Comments on “The Crew | Obama picks up the queen”

  1. Max Says:

    Laurin will be sorely missed by all of her daily readers. Reading the LaurinLine has been part of my daily routine for months, and there is no one to fill the void. She deserves a lot of credit for raising the bar for bloggers in South Carolina, myself included, and for raising the awareness of political blogs in the local political community. She truly is the “Queen” of the South Carolina blogosphere, and the Obama campaign is lucky to have such a skilled and savvy politico on their team.

  2. scchaser Says:

    Never fear Max, we here at The Chaser will do our best to keep it up.

    And yes, we know we are not Ms. Manning, but she has our number and is not afraid to put us in line if the occassion calls for it.

  3. Silence Dogood Says:

    Yeah Laurin! This is a big pick up for Team Obama as far as political insight and knowledge in SC is concerned and with some one who has a lot of talent and following. I hope it is true and am sure she will do great for them.

  4. Laurin Says:

    Y’all are sweet. Thanks for the warm wishes. Go, Obama!

  5. Ashley Says:

    Congrats LPM! You will be a true assest to the Obama team! I am excited for you!

  6. southerner Says:

    any decent belle would NEVER support that man. Laurin will never be a real deb.

  7. Ashley Says:

    Laurin, you really are an “assest.” As am I, since I can spell and all. 🙂

  8. tammy Says:

    You go Laurin!!!!!!!! That is so awesome. So was Obama on 60 minutes…damn, he’s good. 😉 t

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