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Daily Digest 2/27/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, February 27 2007

The Web on the Candidates

  • Danny Glover at AirCongress posted a 45-minute video (it's hosted on YouTube; since Google owns it, they made an exception for the 10-minute video length rule) of Hillary Clinton speaking to with Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Google headquarters last week. According to the Mercury News, Clinton first discussed policy issues with Google execs before speaking before a crowd of 200 Google employees. Although Bill Clinton enjoyed high popularity in Silicon Valley, Hillary still needs to work for their support. "She can draw on what Bill Clinton meant to the valley; it's definitely an asset. But I don't think it's immediately or fully transferable," says Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone. [via AirCongress]
  • Chris Cilliza of the Washington Post takes a look at the battle for netroots support among Democrats and sees that, unlike 2004 when the nascent movement supported Howard Dean, "the support of the netroots is less unified this time around." His three measures of support? The fundraising numbers on Act Blue (John Edwards leads the pack with over $900,000 raised), the DailyKos monthly poll (Edwards is first place with 26; Obama trails at 25 percent), and... techPresident, who provides the MySpace stats (Obama's on top).
  • Mainstream America hasn't yet caught up with the blogosphere, says Ellen Goodman. She thinks that the resignation of John Edwards' bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwen may be "the first certifiable staff flameout of the 2008 campaign. But it's also about a clash between two cultures and two languages. We are living now in both the blogosphere and the mainstream. One is ironic and edgy, challenging and partisan. The other is cautious and modulated. Marcotte's and McEwan's fate raises the question about whether it's possible to move from the world of Ankle Biting Pundits to presidential politics without every word sticking to your shoe."

The Candidates on the Web

  • Ron Paul gets a newsfeed and video! On Paul's otherwise ancient looking site, you can click on a "latest news" link that takes you to a page with a video of his interview with CNN and news feeds running down the page. The video automatically plays when you load the page, and there are no controls to turn it off, but it's a start.
  • With $802,430 in the bank, Hillary Clinton has one day to raise just under $200,000 and meet her "One Week One Million" challenge.
  • Sam Brownback has finally found a new url. You can find his site at I don't know what the 's' is for.


It was no surprise that the first major "controversy" of the 2008 campaign revolved around bloggers. Now that the dust has settled from the John Edwards blog flap, come hear the inside story and discuss what it all means.

Join Blogging Liberally this Saturday at The Tank in NY for a night of conversation, drinking, and networking. Panel discussion at 7pm, followed by free drinks and drink specials until 10pm.

The panel includes:

Amanda Marcottte
Amanda Marcotte is a writer and a feminist blogger who writes for and manages

Scott Shields
Scott Shields sits on the Netroots Advisory Council for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and recently founded White Horse Strategies.

Ari Melber
Ari Melber is a regular contributor to The Nation and a contributing editor at the Personal Democracy Forum.

Moderated by Nancy Scola.
Nancy Scola is a Brooklyn-based writer and activist and blogger at techPresident.

Saturday, March 3
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