Saturday, April 19, 2008

Hillary hates us

By Libby

I'm not inclined to get that offended at Hillary's remarks berating the progressive activists. The false representations of MoveOn's position are troubling but I'd bet there's not a living politician who hasn't privately expressed those same sentiments.

Of course they hate us. We've disrupted their cozy little lifestyle. Before the internets, activists were a nuisance but it took time to spread a message and the pols still had their private smoke filled rooms to retreat to, where they could express their honest views unnoticed and conduct the real business of "their people." Now the technology has allowed their every word to be instantly broadcast around the world and they have nowhere left to relax into their true personas.

The internet changed everything. Everyone knows it's the price you pay for holding public office, but living life in a fishbowl has a whole new meaning now that the older politicians are just beginning to grasp. I'm not surprised that it makes them cranky. Most people are creatures of habit and are discomfited by change.

[cross-posted to The Reaction]

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Blogger mikevotes said...

One of the more interesting things I've been watching is the "user generated content."

Obama has had tons of free media from the online community, Obama Girl, the Clinton faux Apple ad, the "Yes we can" song from the blackeyed peas guy, not to mention all the low budget comedy pieces..

There's some real quality stuff being generated on Obama's behalf while Clinton's getting not much, and McCain gets nothing.

I don't know if that really makes a difference in the broader race, but it does signify a reach into the young and net folks.

(And how many major bloggers are shilling for Clinton about now.)

6:49:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I agree Mike. I think Obama has the superior internet operation and the most creative spontaneous volunteers. Still far too many formerly sane bloggers are getting hysterical over the possibility of Hillary losing, which as far I can see is pretty much a given at this point. There's really no way she can legitimately claim to have the support of the majority of Dems, which makes all these electability arguments sound pretty damn silly to me.

6:57:00 PM  

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