Politics The Internet Battle For Our Electoral Backwater
posted by October 30 at 15:49 PMon
Posted by Ryan S. Jackson
Having compiled the now complete Stranger schedule of primaries and caucuses leading up the presidential nomination (the Nebraska Republican caucus is only eight months away, which sets my pulse racing), I started digging for local 2008 events that might be of interest to veracious SLOG politicos. Not so much candidate appearances, as John Edwards has yet to meet every irate farmer in Iowa, but maybe state-level events set up by the campaigns.
The first thing to note is that no Democratic candidate appears to have an official web presence in our state, a not surprising situation given the very strong chance that the nomination will be sewn up by the time of our caucuses in February. Many campaigns, seemingly looking for the most monetarily efficient means of organizing, have officially delegated the task of Washington State web organizing to volunteer-created groups. John Edward’s One Corp is taking the lead in this, with an absolutely stupefying amount of local groups (the boiling cauldron of activism that is Mukilteo for Edwards being but one example).
The second thing to note is that supporters of the Republican candidates appear to be picking their battles, and Washington isn’t among them. The politically bustling MeetUp.com, while a stronghold of Ron Paul supporters, doesn’t even have western Washington groups for Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, or Fred Thompson. The best a Seattle Republican can hope for is an evening whiled away with the five members of Washing State Straight Shooters for Duncan Hunter discussing the coming future of an America “overrun by lawlessness.”