Saturday, June 03, 2006
Democrats, Republicans, RIP?
Joe Trippi writes in Comment Is Free:
There was a time when to have any hope of winning office a candidate needed to run within either the Republican or Democratic party. To come from one of the major parties meant that a candidate inherited a dedicated donor base and an organisational base as well.Trippi, of course, was Howard Dean's campaign manager in the 2004 presidential elections, and he experienced first-hand the support a candidate can raise on the internet. Equally, he'd know the danger of overestimating it -- look what eventually happened to Dean. Nevertheless, with both parties heading towards their extreme margins, there's lots of space in the middle that could be up for grabs. Watch that space.
The 2004 presidential campaign proved that those days are nearing an end - and it is the ability of hundreds of thousands using the internet to connect with each other that makes it so.