‘Real’ Al Gore Did Not Come Through in 2000 Election

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2weWz55UJog The Al Gore who was on stage in the 2000 election campaign was too often stiff, rigid, repetitive, boring. Behind the scenes, he was quite humorous and likeable. To this day, I don't understand why the campaign did not reveal the "real Al Gore." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suv1hcBA3PY But I made my peace with Gore not assuming … Continue reading ‘Real’ Al Gore Did Not Come Through in 2000 Election

Vision of a New Democracy: Internet Gives Citizens Chance to Reconnect With Politics

This piece was originally written in August, 1995, revised in 1999, and again shortly after the 2000 elections. Americans desperately need a new political organizing strategy -- a new way to reconnect with the ideal of participatory democracy, to reclaim power from the political and media elites who control too much of the process, and … Continue reading Vision of a New Democracy: Internet Gives Citizens Chance to Reconnect With Politics

A Supernova of Online Advocacy in the Post-Election Struggle

The prolonged struggle over who won the 2000 presidential election proved to be an enormous boost to online activism. With voter interest piqued, traffic to political web sites spiked to their highest levels ever. And with partisan passions running high, millions of Americans wrote essays, poems and parodies and posted them to the web, entered … Continue reading A Supernova of Online Advocacy in the Post-Election Struggle

Bush-Gore Webmasters Claim Internet Was Crucial

I was a political consultant on new media in the 2000 election, and here are some of my observations: Just 48 hours before election day, George W. Bush's Internet strategy team made a crucial decision to invest in banner advertisements on web sites in key states, including Florida. In retrospect, that online ad buy "may … Continue reading Bush-Gore Webmasters Claim Internet Was Crucial

Internet Innovations in 2000 Presidential Campaign

George Bush and Al Gore attempted to inspire and mobilize volunteers and contributors through their web sites. Subscribers to campaign e-mail newsletters received frequent updates, were asked to make telephone calls and recruit others. The campaigns used online databases to build one-to-one relationships with supporters, with customized content for specific groups, such as veterans and … Continue reading Internet Innovations in 2000 Presidential Campaign

A Truer, Unfiltered Marketplace of Political Ideas

While the mainstream media in 1996 and 2000 focused incessantly on polls and the horse race in elections, on the Internet, citizens passionately debated issues like "character", "taxes", and the records of Clinton, Gore, Bush and the Republican Congress. "It is no exaggeration to conclude that the Internet has achieved, and continues to achieve, the … Continue reading A Truer, Unfiltered Marketplace of Political Ideas

Internet Made A Difference In Close Congressional Races of 2000

The Internet was an important factor in key congressional races in 2000. I was a consultant to numerous candidates through Democrats.com, so I have some personal insights. Challengers who won tight races against incumbents had better Internet strategies, according to a survey by E-advocates and Juno Online Services. In eight toss-up Senate and House races … Continue reading Internet Made A Difference In Close Congressional Races of 2000