You should check out their current project. They are putting field organizers in individual CDs to run various issue campaigns as a way of building volunteers for 2006 electoral/GOTV stuff. Essentially, the same organizer will be in his/her district for two years, and by the time they start working on field operations for mid-term candidates, they will already have precinct leaders, media contacts, an apartment, etc.
I think that your assessment of GCI in 2004 is spot-on. I would add that they also did a poor job of recognizing the importance of finding local talent to begin with. But I don't think they like that any more than you or I do, and their goals--beyond obviously, succeeding as a company--are really all about the kind of infrastructure-building that seem to be in to. The bottom line for them is that they're a vendor, and their clients need to be creatively, flexible, and rich enough to float long-term organizing. I was hoping that they would play some role in setting up the DNC's state-by-state permanent field operation--and maybe they will.
Whoah. My "agenda" was to make the point that there are a lot of crappy candidate websites out there, and that web developers could help out with time rather than money. The last thing I was trying to do was say anything personal. I hope someone hires you soon.
I couldn't agree more. There ought to be an aggressive effort on behalf of web monkeys donkeys to provide web design as an in-kind contribution. Are you going to give $15,000 to your county party in any other capacity this year?