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Daily Digest: Kucinich Bows Out

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, January 25 2008

The Web on the Candidates

  • The Blogometer’s Ian Faerstein writes that liberal bloggers continue to be divided about Hillary Clinton’s aggressive tactics, and Paul Waldman even compares her campaign to one being run by Karl Rove or Lee Atwater. But Ezra Klein points out that “distasteful as some of Clinton’s hits are, they’re nothing compared to what [Obama will] face as the nominee.”

  • But in the face a lot of flaming in the comments post from Clinton Internet Director Peter Daou on Daily Kos are some Clinton stalwarts steadily supporting Clinton. “[T]his volatile ground. I appreciate your updates and information, and am behind Hillary’s Campaign 100%.” wrote one commenter. Maybe Daou — who has consistently, and bravely, treaded in the Kos waters since the campaign began — is willing face the storm because he knows he’s reaching at least a few supporters.

  • To many people, New Hampshire proved that polling is a fallible science, sometimes more akin to astrology than the scientific method. The Huffington Post had the same thought, so they’ve launched Huffpostrology, a daily update of poll numbers AND the candidates’ astrological reports. For example, today in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton is polling at 59%, followed by Barack Obama at 22%. Hillary is a Scorpio. Her reading for today: “Your friends are incredibly helpful today, thanks to your ability to read each other without asking too many questions. You may find exactly what you need waiting for you in your inbox.” No need for too many questions! Looks accurate to me.

  • Government is getting more transparent, one widget at a time: has released new widgets that let citizens track fundraising for congressional candidates on their blogs or social networking sites. They make wonderful companions to the OpenCongress widgets you can also feature on your site.

The Candidates on the Web

  • Jeff Jarvis is at Davos and caught British Conservative party leader David Cameron — who documents his political life on Webcameron — on camera, asking him about what it’s like to use “the small camera,” and if he watches any of the American presidential candidates’ videos. He does, and he said that one favorite was the “Magic vs. the Machine.” We’re not quite sure what he’s talking about, though it could be the 1984/Vote Different video. Or maybe it was this one.

  • Dennis Kucinich , who hasn’t figured much on this site, is dropping out of the race. “There is a point at which you just realize that you, look, you accept it, that it isn’t going to happen and you move on,” he said. I sort of liked his weird pseudo-nightly-news Campaign Weekly Update videos. Good luck, Dennis!

In Case You Missed It…

It’s Friday again and time for you to indulge in a little political web video action. This week, watch as PoliticsTV recaps some of the top moments from the primary/caucus races, Mitt lets the dogs out, the candidates join David Bowie in a call for change, Bill gets sleepy, Hillary and Barack go at each other, and more.

In a long and thoughtful post Michael Turk shares his thoughts on what went right with Fred Thompson’s online effort despite many people focusing obsessively on what went wrong with the campaign generally. Required reading. Also, check out the sustained conversation taking place in the comments.

Microsofts’s new combines political search and political humor in a fascinating choose-your-own-adventure format, but Colin Delany wonders if it offers more than clever “hosts” and good repartee?