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The 7-10: Frequently Asked Questions

(Note: Due to several e-mails I have received over the past few weeks, I have decided to create a 7-10 FAQ to answer several common questions regarding this blog, guest-posting, and my own political preferences. This post will become a permanent fixture on my "recommended entries" list and will be updated as it warrants.)


Who are you?

My name is Anthony Palmer, a PhD student at the University of South Carolina studying political communication. I received my master's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 2003 and my bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Duke University in 1999.

What is The 7-10?

The 7-10 is an independent (though not necessarily nonpartisan) personal blog that offers my personal analysis of current political news. I generally focus on national politics, especially the 2008 presidential race, but also talk about state issues, general news, media behavior, and even cultural trends every once in a while. I am not affiliated with any political campaign, media organization, or interest group. The 7-10 is strictly a labor of love by an independent political observer.

Who is this blog designed for?

The 7-10's target audience is 1) casual political observers, 2) people who are interested in politics, but have a limited understanding of how it works and what it means, 3) politicos who are interested in how regular people outside Washington see things, and 4) people who seek a more intelligent discussion of politics than what is usually found on the cable news stations and elsewhere in the blogosphere. While I try to be careful, please understand that I am not a professional pundit! (Cancel your subscription to National Journal at your own risk.)

I would like to write a blog entry here. May I?

Guest submissions are not currently accepted. However, if you have an idea for something you'd like me to write about, send me an e-mail and I may honor your request. I make no guarantees though.

How often do you update this blog?

I am a very, very busy person. I am a husband, a teacher, a PhD student, a bowler, a dog owner, and a research assistant. The 7-10 is solely maintained by me. I do all the research and I write all the posts. I cannot update The 7-10 every day, nor can I scour the internet for interesting tidbits to comment on multiple times a day. This blog is generally updated about two or three times a week. Sometimes I have a bit of free time and can write a little more often than that. Other times I'm very busy and write a little less. I'd like to write more in this blog, but not at the expense of letting another one of my responsibilities or interests fall by the wayside.

How much traffic does this blog receive?

The 7-10 was created in February 2007, so it is still growing. These days, The 7-10 typically receives between 75 and 200 hits a day, not including hits from my own computer. A slow day usually yields about 50 hits. The most hits I've ever received is 600. There are also people who subscribe to this blog using an RSS feed, so their hits may not be recorded in my site stats. Currently, the number of subscribers to The 7-10 fluctuates between 50 and 80 readers. Take this into consideration if you're thinking about sponsoring content on this site.

What is your policy regarding comments?

Everyone is welcome to leave comments here. Comments are not moderated so as to encourage and facilitate discussion among readers. I try to respond to every comment I receive, but unfortunately, there are times when I simply can't get around to doing so because there are too many comments or not enough time. But I do sincerely appreciate every comment a reader leaves here.

I welcome all comments from people of all political persuasions, but will readily delete spam, blatantly offensive posts (e.g., excessive profanity), and posts that get too far off topic. It's disrespectful to the readers of this blog for them to have to wade through mudslinging, childishness, and noise as they scroll through the discussions.

If you do leave a comment, I ask the following things:

1. Please use a name, even if it's only a pseudonym. It's not easy referring to people as Anonymous1 and Anonymous2 when I respond to your comments.

2. Please keep the discussions here civil. One thing I really like about The 7-10 is the quality of the comments this blog receives. There's not a lot of name-calling, trolling, and cheerleading here. Be prepared to back up your assertions with facts in the event that someone disagrees with you.

I have a blog. Will you give me a link on your page?

I will be happy to link to your blog under the following conditions:

1. You maintain an intelligently written blog related to politics, polling, or journalism. Partisan blogs are fine, but I am not particularly interested in blogs that simply say "Bush sucks" or "Obama sucks" every day. There are enough of those kinds of blogs out there.

2. You maintain the blog regularly. If you haven't updated your blog in over a month, I will remove the link to your page. Nobody likes to spend time clicking links to sites that are out of date.

3. You return the favor by giving The 7-10 a link on your page. That's common courtesy.

If you find any dead links or abandoned blogs on my blogroll, please let me know and I'll fix it. Thanks in advance.

I work for a newspaper, radio station, television station, magazine, political campaign, or bigtime blog and would like to contact you regarding an interview, a special project, a press release, or a blog widget. May I contact you?

Certainly! Just let me know what you'd like me to participate in and I'll usually say yes unless I'm out of town for the day or something. You can reach me by sending an e-mail here.

Do you have any other blogs?

Yes, I have a second political blog known as The 9th Frame. This blog is not as serious as The 7-10 and has a bit more personality and edginess to it. It also has more multimedia elements and shorter posts. Because the posts are typically shorter, it's updated more frequently. If The 7-10 is about extended political analysis, The 9th Frame is about brief political commentary. I understand that some people might not like The 9th Frame, while others may like that blog more than The 7-10. Both blogs cater to different audiences and are written in different styles. I encourage you to check out both.

Why did you name this blog "The 7-10?"

Well, first you must understand that I am a bowler. I've found that there are many parallels between bowling and politics. The 7-10 split in which two pins are on opposite sides of the lane is a perfect example of the nature of politics. It is very difficult to hit both pins at the same time, just as it is difficult to satisfy two different constituency groups. If you aim too hard at the 7-pin, you might miss the 10, and vice versa. The bowling ball is a politician's actual message.

A perfect example of this would be Barack Obama's presidential campaign as he tries to satisfy White and Black voters. Cozying up too much with one group of voters might alienate him from the other. Thus far, he has been effective in earning votes from both constituencies. But it's a delicate dance for sure. John McCain has his own 7-10 split to deal with as he tries to reassure pro-life voters without putting off pro-choice voters.

Bowling also has many frames. So if you fail to convert the spare after a 7-10 split, you just have to deal with it and move on. Campaigns take a long time and anything can happen. So while you may bomb on the 7-10 split in one frame, you may get a strike in the next one. That's how the campaign trail goes too.

Thus, The 7-10.

What are your personal political leanings?

I'm not sure how to classify myself other than independent, but I will say this:

I'm a conservative on illegal immigration and tort reform.

I'm a moderate on affirmative action, guns, and abortion.

I'm a liberal in that I don't view government as the enemy, so long as it is competent and efficient.

I'm a populist on economics and consumer protections.

I'm a libertarian on social freedoms and foreign policy.

As you can see, I'm all over the map. My ideal politician would be someone like former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee. However, because these Republicans are such an endangered species, I tepidly align myself with the Democrats. (Emphasis on tepidly.) My libertarian social leanings stand in direct contrast to the religious right, so that makes the Democratic Party a more hospitable (though not ideal) place to hang my political hat.

I'm not particularly partisan, but I absolutely loathe incompetence, hypocrisy, red herrings, flawed logic, and intellectual dishonesty on behalf of our elected officials and am not afraid to call them out on it. Over the past few years, I've found Republicans to be more egregious in this regard, although the Democrats do their best to remind me that no political party has a monopoly on spouting nonsense.

I don't get excited about generic statements like "I will cut your taxes" or "I will change Washington." And I can't stand politicians who appeal to the lowest common denominator by advocating inane things like "freedom fries." If a politician can speak with sophistication and specificity in regards to his policy, he will have my vote.

Thank you for reading.

Last updated on September 1, 2008.


Introducing The 9th Frame

The 7-10 now has a new sister blog: The 9th Frame.

In politics, news happens fast. Given the nature of The 7-10 and how long it takes to research and write each individual post, I have often found myself unable to write about the latest political developments in a timely fashion. I tried to do this a year ago when I created Stray Pins, but found that it didn't match the overall voice of The 7-10. So I created The 9th Frame as way for me to capture my thoughts on the daily news cycle and offer short commentary on what's happening in the same way that the Stray Pins feature was supposed to.

Be advised that The 9th Frame is not an analytical blog that goes in a lot of depth. Most of the posts there can be written in 5 or 10 minutes. (It takes anywhere from 1-4 hours to write a post on The 7-10.) As a result, The 9th Frame will be updated more often than The 7-10 (hopefully at least once a day). It'll also have multimedia elements embedded throughout the site, such as relevant YouTube clips. But it won't dissect the news or be nearly as thorough in its content either.

Readers of The 7-10 should not worry, as it will continue to be updated roughly two or three times a week as always. The addition of The 9th Frame just allows me to better separate detailed political analysis from short political commentary.

The 9th Frame will have more of a personal voice and be more opinionated than The 7-10, but it won't delve into mudslinging and profanity-laden rants. Keep in mind that I am an independent blogger, not a nonpartisan one. In both The 9th Frame and The 7-10, I simply write about what interests me. In time I may open up The 9th Frame to multiple authors once the blog becomes more established and I see how things go.

In the meantime, check it out. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. As of now, I am still tinkering with some of the code of the site, but it is largely presentable and ready to be read!

Enter The 9th Frame.


My First Victory Speech

As you may know, The 7-10 was voted the winner of the Political Blogging Scholarship awarded by College The winner of this scholarship must write a victory/acceptance speech which will be posted on the College website. I have never written such a speech before because I had always considered myself more of a political blogger, rather than an actual politician. But I guess this is something I needed to learn how to do. I've already submitted my speech to the scholarship president, but I felt I should post a copy of it here as well.


It is with great honor, pride, and humility that I accept this award from What an amazing opportunity and thrilling experience.

Before going any further, I would like to congratulate David Manes and Jake McGuire for their selection as finalists and for putting together quality blogs that inspired me to improve my own blogging. I hope that both of you will continue to share your insights on the daily political news cycle on your blogs, and I wish you both success in your academic and professional endeavors.

There are so many people whom I would like to personally thank for their tireless effort, unwavering support, and unshakable dedication to this cause. There may be too many people to list here, but I'm going to try. I owe so much to my new and old friends, current and former coworkers, current and former teachers and supervisors, friends of friends, coworkers of coworkers, the University of South Carolina faculty and student body, the Duke University community, my wonderful friends in Japan, the Mixi community, those who left supportive comments of me and my blog on the webpage, and anyone else who supported me at the ballot box and told their friends about this wonderful opportunity.

I would also like to give special thanks to Reginald and Shannon Williams, Oshri Hakak, Tala Ono, John Bailey, the Nohara family, the South Carolina blogosphere, the faithful readers of my political blog, my old Duke friends, and of course, my beautiful wife Eriko, my wonderful sister Brandi, my supportive Aunt Judy, my loving mother, and the rest of my family for their ideas, encouragement, inspiration, get out the vote efforts, and sticking by me regardless of how far up or down I was as the votes were being counted. And lastly, I must thank for providing this unique opportunity and Taegan Goodard and the Political Wire team for informing me of it. To all of you, this honor could not have been achieved without you.

As an independent blogger, winning this scholarship shows that people are not as bimodal in their thinking as the media, punditry, and chattering classes often lead us to believe. No one political party has a monopoly on good ideas, nor is one political party incapable of foolishness. Democrats have good ideas, and Republicans do too. I strongly believe that voters respond when you respect their political intelligence, call it like you see it, act with integrity, and are not afraid to go against the grain that is nominal partisanship. You need two wings to fly a plane, and I'm glad the voters took note of this in this scholarship campaign. I can only hope that real politicians do so as well regarding elections whose stakes are far higher.

Politicians who pick up on this and try to integrate the best parts of both parties into their own platforms stand to go far in their political careers because politics is not about beating the Democrats or teaching Republicans a lesson. It's about the intelligent and meaningful exchange of ideas and looking for practical ways to integrate these ideas into the public square for the betterment of all.

Political blogging may be what I do for fun now, but this scholarship contest has made me think about participating in politics on a more substantial level myself. This experience has been quite educational and has provided me with some unique insights on the way politics is conducted and what goes into political campaigns. It is great to now have a bit of firsthand experience regarding the intensity, organization, determination, creativity, strategy, and networking required to achieve success in this profession.

I will use this scholarship to continue my journalism and political science studies at the University of South Carolina. However, the lessons learned from this scholarship campaign should serve me well in the professional life that awaits me beyond. I don't know exactly what lies ahead or where this political blog will take me, but I sincerely hope that we can take that next step together.

Thank you.

-Anthony Palmer


Thank you all for your continued support of me and The 7-10.


Help Anthony Win a Scholarship!

The 7-10 has been selected as one of the three finalists for a scholarship awarded by College to university students who maintain political blogs. The selection of the winner will be based on how many unique votes their blog receives from the general public. If you regularly read The 7-10, are a subscriber, or like the content of this site in general, please visit College and VOTE FOR ANTHONY PALMER HERE and help me win this scholarship! Voting is currently underway and will last until March 16. Thank you for your support!


The 7-10 is back!

Well, I am still unpacking boxes and getting furniture delivered, but everything is almost back to normal. I am about a month behind with the happenings of the political world, but I'll do my best to get back up to speed. I'll still need a few more days before I can post regularly again, so please be patient.



This is a brief message to inform all faithful readers of The 7-10 that I will not have internet access for about two weeks. Thus, there won't be any updates during that time. But once I get back online in early April, I'll be able to post regularly once again. Thank you for reading The 7-10. If you have any ideas for how this blog can be improved or if you have any feedback, by all means let me know at theseventen AT gmail DOT com.

See you in two weeks!

Copyright 2007-2008 by Anthony Palmer. This material may not be republished or redistributed in any manner without the expressed written permission of the author, nor may this material be cited elsewhere without proper attribution. All rights reserved. The 7-10 is syndicated by Newstex.