I hate to say “I told you so yet again,” but, I told you so. In a January 13 post entitled, The Blogo-Sphere of Influence, I made these points regarding Dean’s reliance on the Internet as his secret campaign weapon:
“[W]hile it is true, as pointed out by Rice, that campaign blogs create an interactive and, often-times, unfiltered forum, this is not necessarily a good thing. If you visit Dean’s campaign blog, BlogForAmerica.com, you will find that among the massive number of comments to each blog entry are plenty of examples of why you should not allow just any old person to post their comments.”
“Which is why I believe strongly that allowing ‘unfiltered’ posting directly on an official campaign site is a train wreck waiting to happen. There are just too many potential problems with allowing such a practice, including such things as turning off potential voters and firing up voters with the opposition party.”
Dare I use the word “prophetic” when it comes to this post? In Opinionjournal.com’s Best of The Web Today section, James Taranto notes an article by Johnathan Last of The Weekly Standard in which Mr. Last relays this experience after visiting the Deanforamerica.com blog:
“The sadistic Jonathan Last of The Weekly Standard checks out Howard Dean’s Blog for America and finds it filled with poor deluded souls:
‘Cool down,’ explained ‘John Morgan’ late Tuesday afternoon, ‘this is a marathon, not a sprint. Kerry is running low on money and has no grassroots base. Where is he going to get the money?‘
‘Charlie Grapski,’ a longtime supporter, wrote that ‘in the end, what will win this thing for US (and for our future), is our DETERMINATION and LONGEVITY in this race. As long as we stay focused–WE CAN WIN. WE WILL WIN. WE ARE DEAN.‘ [Didn't the Borg say that?] Mr. Grapski is a political science instructor at the University of Florida.
As the final races were being called late Tuesday night, ‘Katherine’ wrote:
The way I read it, the attrition strategy is working. Kerry isn’t getting over 50% anywhere except Missouri and Delaware, and just barely 50% in those places. . . . As the field thins, the anti-Kerry vote will be split among fewer candidates.
For Dean, delegates in two states (AZ and NM) and almost a third (ND), with nothing but grassroots efforts, is *fantastic.* Also bodes well for CA . . .
Yeah, winning NM would have been nice, but I’m happy with the way this is turning out.
Live by the campaign blog, die by the campaign blog.