Promoted by Patrick.
I live and breathe the Internet and computers. Part of my job at Eyeblast TV is to convince conservatives that the Internet is the present and future marketplace for ideas in this information age. For more than two years, I wrote a blog about the impact of political blogs -- you can't get much more invested in all things online than that.
But the notion that the next president can't lead this country without knowing his way around a computer -- being spread by geeks on the left who will find any excuse to attack John McCain -- is ridiculous. The leader of the free world doesn't do diplomacy via e-mail or IM; he doesn't blog executive orders; and he doesn't negotiate with lawmakers in bytes and pixels.
It's true that the next president needs to understand computers and the Internet if he wants to communicate effectively in the modern world -- just as FDR understood and mastered radio and Ronald Reagan understood and mastered television. But it's not a prerequisite for doing the actual work of the presidency. Maybe some day but not now.
The next president's most important role -- every president's most important role -- will be to serve as commander-in-chief. It's far more important that he actually know something about the military than about the mouse on his desk.