Cross-posted on techPresident
Barack Obama elected president in 2008? Inconceivable without the internet — and that’s not just a web-guy’s brag. Sarah Lai Stirland has already wrapped up online technology’s critical role in the mechanics of Obama’s campaign in admirable fashion, but that leaves us free to focus instead on the timing. I’d argue that at four points in the campaign, online politics really MATTERED — it effectively saved the Obama campaign. At those moments, without the internet the presidential race could easily have turned down a very different road, one that WOULDN’T lead to an Obama White House. To begin, let’s look at the earliest days of campaign ’08.