Daily Digest | The GOP and the Education of Defeat
BY Editors | Tuesday, May 19 2009
- The New John McCain (Dot Com) The Senator from Arizona, up for re-election in 2010, emails to note that he's relaunched his JohnMcCain.com site. There are signs that McCain has picked up a few tricks of late. The first is that his announcement email was just a few compact paragraphs, rather than the "Tolstoy in my inbox" of past missives. And the new site's Social Network tab features a pre-packaged tweet that you can use to post a note of support to Twitter. Is Mac back?
- RNC's Krohn on the Challenges of Doing Tech in a Political World Cyrus Krohn, the former e-campaign director at the Republican National Committee who recently headed back to the West Coast tech world whence he came, had some interesting stuff to say in an interview with the National Journal. Learn the challenges of being a technologist trying to develop and deploy long-term projects while the political world around is thinking in terms of the two-year churn of the election cycle.
- Clinton Calls on Barnard Grads to Engage in "Digital Diplomacy" The zeal of a convert is perhaps not an inapt phrase to described the passion with which Hillary Clinton has taken to social media since being appointed Secretary of State. While her presidential campaign wasn't known for tapping into the power of the web, Secretary Clinton has been making remarks of late that, to a striking degree, frame the future of diplomacy as something we'll be doing in large part with computers, social networks, and connections made online.
- Amongst the CTO's Jobs, Patent Reform A fairly major piece of patent rights reform legislation is wending its way through Congress, and the debate can get heated. See how new CTO Aneesh Chopra now rests at the center of this brewing storm.
- Report: Benchmarking Online Advocacy Against Major Non-Profits Compare how your organization measures up against the big kids like the Smithsonian, Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity, and the Human Rights Campaign on their recent online advocacy and fundraising campaigns. Having trouble finding those loose dollars floating around? Take a peek at some of the report's key findings.
- Sign of the Times Check out this New Yorker Cartoon that's supposed to depict corporate executives. That one could easily apply it to government folk is a very good sign.