21st Century Begins

 As I prepare to speak at today's "The First 21st Century Campaign" forum, sponsored by Google and National Journal, I can't help but note how much has changed in the less than a decade since the Y2K scare.  

On this site, many of us lament about the lack of progress on the part of our political entities and figures, while the world around them is changing drastically.  At least technology and media are changing drastically. 

Before 2000, there were no Blackberrys, iPods, flat panel TVs, TiVo, barely a blog, social networks like MySpace and Facebook, gmail, and Twitter!  I, for one, can't wait to see what the next 90+ years of the 21st Century bring.  And yes, I expect to be alive for all of it. 

I'm on a panel today focused on 21st century campaign strategy with the online directors from several of the major campaigns.  (There were also no presidential campaign online or eCampaign directors before 2000).  Joe Rospars from Obama, Peter Dauo from Clinton, Mark Soohoo, a consultant for McCain, and Joe Trippi, who we all know was Dean's presidential campaign manager and an advisor to John Edwards, and me, for my work as Director of eStrategy for Mitt Romney, round out the panel.  

If you have any brilliant nuggets you think I should share, particularly to compete with the interest that will surely be paid to Obama v. Hillary, please leave them in the comments.  Like we do on this site, I plan to be realistic about the GOP's situation -- you know the one that defines the notion that we're behind online -- but also inspire hope that we will catch up soon, at least before the 22nd Century.

Also, C-SPAN will be sending a camera, so there's a chance that if you're not in attendance, you will be able to catch it on, gasp!, television. 

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Supporter Creativity

Mindy, what should be really analyzed from the primaries are how supporters took charge and did so much outside the campaign. Rep. Ron Paul is the premiere case study with his money bombs and his supporters hanging out on cold street corners of New Hampshire and Iowa just to hold signs. On the Democratic side we see lots of creative video and graphic work for Sen. Obama. Both campaigns didn't expect this or plan on such unique support. Smart people need to see how they can better tap into that creativity and figure out how to inspire that for not-so-unique candidates and for races that don't get the attention of a Presidential race.


...along with fundamentally changing the premiers themselves will be the next big advancement in our election process and the Internet.

ex animo