But it seems like she's trying to become J.J. Hunsecker between now and 2008. Pathetic. She's proven over the past few years that if you're a columnnist who believes in nothing, then nobody cares what you have to say anymore. She should go back to writing cutesy pieces about George Bush's oedipal complex so her readers can chuckle about it in pilates class.
(McCain is going to be a tough one, but we can stop him. )
Fascinating. It makes sense that all info rising it to the top in a campaign would be processed by staffers, but it's interesting to learn that for Warner there were purpose-built opportunities for him to get it live and direct from the sources. Great idea.
This stuff is just too interesting for words alone. How the work of bloggers enters into the day-to-day of a political campaign needs to be a made into a documentary or something...
(my wife is reading over my shoulder right now and is convinced that I have just passed beyond the nerd point of no return)
I'm really, really curious about how Warner was kept informed about what was going on in the blogs. This is more of a technical question about staffing, but I am really interested to learn how the habit of blogging meshed in real-time with the everyday needs of a candidate.
Was he told "a viva voce" what was happening? Where there blog summaries in his briefing folders? If somebody saw an important story on the blogs, did they send it to Warners Blackberry? Does he use a Blackberry?
Long term goals aside for a minute, I'd like to know how what we did here made it into--or didn't make it into--the everyday workings of the Warner PAC.
My reading of Warner is that he is someone who really wants to accomplish as much as he can. If he knows the landscape has changed so he cannot win the nomination--I think he's the kind of person who would refocus to accomplish something else.
For some reason, I see Warner as indefatigable. I'm guessing there's some other earth shaking news out there (e.g., Obama running, etc.) that makes all of Warner's strengths as a Presidential candidate no longer unique--so he's retooling to take on his next big achievement.
No more windfall profits from the health of the American citizen. Period.
- Massive overhall of health insurance industry and big pharma
Massive overhall of hospitals and medical care
Massive overhall of health education in public schools
Massive public immunization programs
Massive regulation of "death food" industry (a.k.a. junk food)
5-year targets for:
Radical decrease in childhood asthma
Radical decrease in childhood Diabetes
Radical decrease in Heart disease
Radical descrease in STDs (all of 'em)
Radical leap forward for cancer treatment
Basic healthcare for every American (ain't rocket science)
All of the above kill more people every month than terrorism.
It's obscene that we panic so much about gatorade and baby formula getting through airport security, but we are asleep on healthcare.
Health, health, health. Enough already with this nonsense of a fat, artery-clogged, wheezing, pill-popping, helpless and afraid population. For goodness sakes. What's the point of national security if the population drops dead at 45 anyway...
Sure, but trying to stay in the media spotlight as the principal in a campapign and staying out of the way on the key issue of the day--those two aren't really possible at the same time. If they are in the spotlight, which they will be, Dems need to be ready to respond that "this issue epitomizes the problems we have in a Republican lead government: horrible mistakes are made that ruin the lives of innocent people, and nobody is held accountable. Even worse: active efforts are made to hide the mistakes, efforts that lead to more ruined lives by more innocent people. We don't just need a slight change in our government--we need a BIG change, a massive change, a total change from the current system of corruption to a new system of accountability and responsibility..."