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Daily Digest: 8/30/07

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, August 30 2007

The Web on the Candidates

  • Yesterday, the Washington Post’s Jose Antonio Vargas attended the first-ever Modern Media Strategies conference (I thought the press wasn’t invited?).  Organized by David All, Patrick Ruffini, Robert Bluey, and Soren Dayton (All and Ruffini contribute to techPresident), the event looks to have been a big success. Vargas counts 200 people in attendance, Ruffini says more than 150 showed up. The message of the day, says Vargas, was articulated by Matt Lewis of Townhall.  "The reason I do tech is because I have to. If you want to be successful today, you have to work with the Internet.” Ruffini was encouraged to see so many people who “instinctively buy in to the narrative about technology and the future of the party that we are building collectively."  With this apparent success and the success of the Save the Debate coalition, "I think we’ll look back and say that this is the summer it started to happen," writes Ruffini.
  • Following the lead of venerable TV, print, and online news orgs teaming up to provide robust election coverage, and have announced a partnership.  CBS gets a lot out of the deal; the Post has been providing spot-on election coverage this season, and has been at the forefront among newspapers at adapting to the web.  The post gets more sophisticated video from CBS. Todd Zeigler at the Bivings Report is encouraged.  "I think we’re going to see some really fantastic online work in 2008 that will drive innovation for the entire media industry in the year following," he writes.

The Candidates on the Web

  • Ron Paul, who is far and away the most popular candidate using Meetup, is running a competition for Meetup groups.  The goal is for each group -- there are over 700 -- to submit as many donations as possible.  The top two fundraising groups will get a visit from Paul; the two runners-up will get a conference call with the candidate and autographed pictures and books (wow, autographed pictures -- that's some consolation).  Given the intense enthusiasm Paul has been generating online, this could result in a huge wave of donations.

In Case You Missed It…

Morra Aarons identifies a discussion occurring among women bloggers that is particular to 2008, using Elizabeth Edward's recent run-in with Rebecca Eisenberg at the Silicon Valley Moms Blog as a starting point.

What do you do when your campaign is sinking and you're considering accepting public financing?  If you're John McCain, you release a 12-minute documentary about yourself.  In the short film -- produced and edited by Justin Germany, who also did video for Bush-Cheney 2004 -- McCain and colleagues (and his mother) go through his experience getting shot at and injured in Vietnam.  As David All notes, the video isn't being used to collect emails, but to communicate a message.