Do the candidates get it?

For all the talk of political candidates learning from Howard Dean’s successful use of the Internet in the last presidential campaign, some experts believe that many candidates haven’t updated their thinking in the last four years. Today’s Chronicle includes an interview with Andrew Rasiej, publisher of TechPresident.com who says “Any politician or political organization that fails to grasp the power of this new medium is simply waiting to be included in the section on dinosaurs in Wikipedia.” According to Rasiej, the efforts of most candidates so far have been “pretty pathetic”. The secret of the Internet, he says, is that it allows voters to participate in a campaign, not just observe it. The League has been working for more than 70 years to empower voters to have more influence in determining the people and policies that shape our government. We stand ready to work in any medium to make citizens more active participants in the political process.

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