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Little Things that Show How Much the Political World Has Changed

Catching up on the world of politics after a brief break has been quite informative — when you’re out of the current for a few days, you can get a really good look at the whole river. What jumped out at me today was a bunch of smaller stories — ones that give us a hole-in-the-gym-shower-wall glimpse of some of the changes the political world is enduring.

The first thing? A simple email caught by the Hotline in which John McCain asks his supporters to watch an Iraq speech to be broadcast live on his website. Next, another Hotline item about a (pitifully weak) RNC blast email sent to reporters and intended to paint Barak Obama as a fabricator (ah, sweet lies, the very breath of politics). Finally, the LA Times (via Political Wire) reports on controversy surrounding a “back-channel e-mail and paging system, paid for and maintained by the RNC, [and] designed to avoid charges that had vexed the Clinton White House — that federal resources were being used inappropriately for political campaign purposes.” (Hmmm, too bad it also led them to maybe break laws about government transparency…oopsie!)

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Joe Biden, Video Campaigner

Hey kids, I’m finally recovered from the N-Ten conference last week — thanks to everyone who came to the social media panel Michael Silberman and I put on. It was a hoot and a half, despite the lack of audio, and people definitely came armed with good questions. Thanks especially to Riché Zamor, whose provision of a laptop and a working wireless connection saved our asses, seeing as the hotel wifi was down and our presentations were entirely online….

Lots of interesting stuff happened while I was checked out, so let’s get down to bidness. First off, Joe Biden seems to be trying to be the video candidate par excellence, at least judging from a couple of interesting moves he made last week. First, as Steve Rubel and others have noted, he was the first candidate to prepare a video reply to a video question asked via Jeff Jarvis’s PrezVid site. An actual online conversation between a candidate and a voter! Why should candidates talk directly to the public like this? As original questioner JD Lasica put it on his own site:

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