It's not exactly Shakespeare, but Brenda Konkel's blog has a large local following for several reasons. First, she knows more about Madison government than anybody. Second, she is a great resource for local news that the press or well-meaning but over-extended and underpaid local bloggers (hint, hint) do not pay attention to. Third, she doesn't seem to care a great deal about what people think of her, which means she is often a great source of controversy.
All of these attributes make her a great local blogger. They do not make her a great mayoral candidate.
Brenda is currently conflicted about her political future. In addition to considering a run for mayor, she is pondering a bid for her former City Council seat, which she lost last year to Bridget Maniaci. Finally, she also recognizes the merit of her current position as watchdog of the left in the blogosphere, which she may have to forfeit if she regains a political position.
Even some of Brenda's biggest fans concede that she never truly mastered the art of politics and compromise. Many of them see it as a validation of her virtue, while others frustratingly dismiss it as stubborn delusion. I see it as evidence she should stay in the blogosphere.
So far, I have not talked to anybody (who is not running for mayor him/herself) who believes there is a candidate with a chance of beating Mayor Dave. Although many who follow city government closely, particularly progressives, believe Cieslewicz has changed for the worse since his election in 2003, they can't deny that he has developed a brand for himself, starting with his name and his advocacy for liberal causes, such as gay rights or the environment (much to the chagrin of Steve Sloan). The Edgewater stirred up some controversy, but support for the project was nevertheless overwhelming in the Council.
Brenda Konkel certainly does not change the perception of Mayor Dave's invincibility. She lost her own seat to a Cieslewicz-backed candidate in a student-heavy district. Unless she fundamentally changed her message, the results of the city-wide race would be even more lopsided. At this point, I would guess she has a better chance of bringing down the mayor from the internets than from the campaign stump.