Promoted and bumped. -Patrick
Earlier this campaign season, My Barak Obama came under criticism for being the platform for some unseemly content posted by private individuals. While I thought this content was fair game for the opposition I doubted the amount of energy expended exposing this "outrage" would be justified.
Obama's campaign has made the conscience effort to provide his supporters many opportunities to speak their minds. Along with these opportunities comes the possibility that some renegde will do something stupid on Obama's platform.
But on the flip side, the campaign appears to be reaping the benefits of letting the masses speak out and organize. You may be aware that Obama has decided to support the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). This has caused an uproar on the Left led by the ACLU and the Netroots movement.
Rather than react in accordance with the practices of most campaigns by shutting and muffling dissent Obama is providing dissidents (many of whom are supporters of his) the opportunity to organize on his campaign web-site. When last I looked over 140 opponents of Obama's decision to support FISA have banded together on his site to launch an anti-FISA campaign.
The Obama campaign has made the courageous decision to keep his dissidents under his tent and armed with the tools his campaign can provide to organize. Can you imagine a Bush campaign reacting like this? I can't. But if we are going to campaign effectively on the web we must understand that power resides in the grassroots and the days of autocratic control from above are over.