Tons of accomplishments. I wish I had time to talk about this topic all day. Don't forget Trent Lott.
The success in national and regional campaigns has been unbelievable. Although I think the biggest success is not necessarily the ATM factor (which gets all the hype), but the fact that candidates are coming here for advice, discussion, encouragement, and suggestions. Then they turn around to implement it! It's the activism, (not so) stupid.
It's the potential to run a true grass-roots campaign, using mass communication.
But, we have a long way to go. This is chess, not checkers - and the next move toward the new medium will come from the monolithic old gaurd. Large Democratic & Republican organizations will swoop in an attempt to wrestle "power" away in time for 2006.
The blogosphere will be bastardized, believe it. Are our very own net-roots strong enough to overcome the stress and strain from HUGE organizations, corporations, media outlets, big name individual journalists, celebrities moving into the finite little area we have set aside for ourselves? I sure hope so. But until now, we haven't been tested really. That will change.
I hear all the time, are bloggers journalists or activists? Cause they can't be both. I don't buy it, and I don't think most of us do as well. But, it is a question that we will be forced to answer.
Anyway, I really want to keep going - but I HAVE to get back to work.
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The Blue Team had the potential to completely control the game on-line this election cycle. Something we will not have the luxury of ever again...
On our side, the coordination has often between the little guy and bloggers - despite the national attention. You would think that the people upstairs might wake up? And when they do notice, its still hard to convince them we aren't wasting our time.
I was telling someone today that in the future, when candidates and organizations design a political strategy, media strategy, and field strategy, they will develop an internet one as well. And it will happen EARLY in the campaign. Never again will the Right allow itself to be outdone on-line like we have done to them until now.
This situation is just another example of the little guy being all over a good idea, but failure to implement it at the top because people fear the lack of control.
When I blow up, you better the believe the firm I work with (if I sell out like that) will be in close contact with ALL of you guys.