Daily Digest: It's Raining McCain, And It Hurts
BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, March 25 2008
The Web on the Candidates
Who said there’s no online support for John McCain? An absolutely cringe-inducing McCainiac song titled “It’s Raining McCain” has been making its way across the tubes. But is the song - with its painful attempts at harmonies and cheesy green-screened video — for real? Her eardrums paying the price, the Washington Post’s Garance Franke-Ruta tried to get to the bottom of it. A week after the video was created, she reports, the Huffington Post picked it up, and it’s taken off since. The best connection Franke-Ruta can make is that HuffPo picked the video up from its sister site, the often-funny 236.com. Perhaps the bigger question is not where it came from, or whether it was intended as authentic support for McCain, but rather, will he reject and denounce it?
A month ago, the Blue Majority coalition — comprised of DailyKos, OpenLeft, and Swing State Project — asked their readers to vote on whether they should endorse a candidate. While the majority of voters said they should, it wasn’t enough of a super-majority to convince folks like Chris Bowers to go forward with it. But Bowers and Matt Stoller are ready to endorse Barack Obama. Will their readers follow? As of this morning more than 90% of the 620 votes were in favor of endorsing Obama now. The other partners in the coalition haven’t written about this yet; we think it’s time they all made a decision and just went with it.
The YouTube election v.2.0? DailyKos diarist DHinMI has a smart post on how we’ve moved beyond the notion that online videos can catch Macaca moments from the candidates; YouTube is now a historical archive that can be an inconvenient check on politicians seeking to stretch the truth. Case in point: Hillary Clinton’s recollection of her landing in Bosnia 12 years ago and a newscast from back then that’s popped up on YouTube. This is more than gotcha-macaca-politics, writes DHinMI.
What makes this a YouTube campaign moment isn’t that someone caught Hillary Clinton in an unguarded or reckless moment and posted the video on YouTube for all to see. No, what makes this a YouTube campaign moment is that the video from 12 years ago has ended up on YouTube to show that Clinton is completely wrong in almost every one of her assertions about that visit to Tuzla.
Are we seeing a maturation of YouTube from adolescent finger-pointer to middle-aged fact-checker?
The Candidates on the Web
On the Hillary blog, Internet Director Peter Daou fights what he calls “Three Myths About the Democratic Race.” The myths? Obama is running a positive campaign; the delegate math works against Hillary; and a Hillary win necessitates the super delegates overturning the will of the people.” Daou is a well-respected and forceful writer, and his arguments have merit. But will they be able to compete with the idea that “Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning”?
Twitterholic charts the the top 100 Twitter users (or Twitterholics, get it?) based on their number of followers. The number one Twitterholic -- not just in politics -- is Barack Obama, who beats out tech-meisters like Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis, and Leo Laporte. Soon he’ll be spamming us with messages about his new Nokia N95.
CafePress, that cool little web-shop that lets you create t-shirts, gifts, and other stuff with whatever logos or words you want, has been riding the increased interest in politics this year. To illustrate, they’ve produced a cool chart showing which candidates are showing up on their t-shirts and mugs the most. Guess who’s on top? Hint: it rhymes with Taback Nolama.
In Case You Missed It…
Patrick Ruffini discovered quite a doozy coming out of the Obama campaign: according to publicly available donor data, they’ve already received more than one million individual donations in March (they received about 727,000 in February). However, the Obama campaign is claiming a technical “glitch” was spurting out the wrong numbers.