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Daily Digest: Holding Feet to the Fire Without Getting Burned

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 27 2008

The Web on the Candidates

  • Now that we're down to two major party presidential candidates -- John McCain and Barack Obama -- do partisan voters and activists have any hope of holding their nominee accountable before election day? Open Left's Mike Lux doesn't think so, writing that the time has passed for the netroots to try to influence Obama's trajectory. Says Mike: "[T]his is a place where the old-school politico in me takes over: I see no choice other than to be totally, thoroughly in the tank for the Democratic Presidential nominee in the five months."

  • Of course, there are those not so ready to give up the ghost. Example one: MyBarackObama.com, Obama's own social networking site, is teaching the campaign what it feels like when your machines turn against you. A new group called "Senator Obama - Please Vote Against FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act]" is sporting 450 members and counting. MyBO was set up to facilitate self-organization in support of the Obama, but here it's being used to instruct the candidate on how to do his day job in the Senate. Of course, give your core community a stake in your campaign 2.0 and they may well expect to have some input in how you govern 2.0. Mike Stark has the details. (Thx Brett Schenker)

  • And example two: United by their commitment to civil liberties, Ron Paul's online supporters and some high-profile bloggers on the left, including Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher, are teaming up to coordinate an online "money bomb" around the upcoming FISA vote, reports the Wall Street Journal's Amy Schatz. According to Accountability Now, the bi-partisan PAC set up to organize the effort around "a defense of our basic constitutional framework [and] restoring core political liberties," the money will go, in part, to challenging candidates who "trample upon those values" and supporting those who defend them.

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