Sunday, August 03, 2003

What The Pundits Miss

The Howard Dean campaign has earned a lot of press coverage for its imaginative use of the internet. It continues to be the case that no other campaign is doing this as well, but few observers have commented on the fact that the internet was only the tool that allowed the Dean campaign to treat voters as intelligent participants in the electoral debate rather than as big dummies to be manipulated. It is this difference of attitude that makes the difference

The energy that boils out of the Dean web site and the Dean Blog is not the energy of "voting blocs" but the energy of thousands of individuals who are rediscovering the democratic process. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m damned glad it’s here.


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