I was working on organizing a party for Etech - when Dave Weinberger pointed me to this article by Andrew Orlowski (yes - HIM again!) David was directly attacked several times and more or less blamed for Dean's losses.
In some ways I actually agree with many of Jerome Armstrong's views (the guy Orlowski quoted in the article) on how the technology 'pundits' associated with the Dean campaign "could be made to look" like blowhards, eggheads and far from representing anybody's beliefs - especially the everyman.
I agree that Technology shouldn't be seen as a panacea, solve all our problems, it's more important than people. That's how Orlowski made Weinberger seem like.
But we all - that's NOT what David Weinberger is all about. In fact I've heard him plea for human passionate, logical, everyman-based 'sechel' (Yiddish for 'common sense) many timesin public and private - so I know Orlowski is just twisting words and pushing the limits of honesty to make a name for himself.
But something tells me that this Guy Armstrong is all about POINTING fingers and laying blame on bloggers, MeetUp and the Dean on-line efforts - for what went wrong with the vote results. orlowski simply repeated what this Armstrong guy said - and it sure seems to me, that he "had it out' for david. That's also pretty obvious.
But what's funniest to me - is how typical political, word twisting, slimey, back-room shenanigans has come to our world. Because of the logical extension and out reach of the Web, politics were SURE to get involved.
And now we're experisincing teh ULTIMATE spin doctoring, stretch the truth to suit our own ends, kind of back stabboing that politis is all about. And scapegoating is a crucial technique in a battle back - for some lagard candidate.
Now that they've brought in an old school, smoke filled room, inside the beltway kind of guy -you wonder why the nerds are getting scapegoated?
SAME OLD STORY.
Call it chads, a scene from Citizen Kane, Watergate or dead Chicagoans voting for 15 years after their death - politics has ALWAYS been about dirty pool and now the Internet got involved. The ONLY thing that matters in the world of politics - are the vote results.
the ONLY THING.
It's the same bottom line, make a profit, do your IPO focused vision that drives business. But politics is not business - so making money ain't the goal. It's this other sort of 'chit' system - a system called democracy.
And in Amerika - it's winner take all - no seconds or runners up. The Republicans figured that out in the 60's. That's why they had Nixon. Now they have Bush.
Here's the letter I wrote David - to try and cheer him up. I'm actually really proud of what David, Zack and the whole Emergent Democracy/MeetUp/Drupal/DeanLink thing have done up til now. If nothing else happens... they can be proud of their accomplishments.
So what is the answer that traditional politicians would give - to counter where you're coming from?
Focus groups in malls with lots of 3 x 5 cards asking 5 versions of the same question? As usual this Orlowski piece spent all it's time criticizing and did not list ONE alternative approach to what the Dean campaign has been doing up until now.
Orlowski's writing reminds me of Ken Aueletta or Roy Cohen. Vicious mean spirited pandering to reptilian hatred, designed to reach into the bigot inside us all. It's almost propaganda.
What is this 'bellhead', inside the beltway guy gonna do differently that Joe Trippi didn't do? How does that effect Dean's policies? What actions will be taken that counter-act what's been up until now? What's more important ot Dean - getting elected, or........
The Dean campaign seemed to be playing by different rules - and I'm surprised that no one realized that silly things like media coverage and voter turnout would NOT go along with ANY sort of progressive approach to ANYTHING.
Even Democrats get reactionary and vicious when confronted with something that says: "the way you’re doing it now (politics) is wrong - here's the right way..." Who's gonna admit they're wrong?
So it shouldn't surprise us if the media are in cahoots with the fascists and Dean was targeted with being made to look a fool and lose elections. It's all about media image.
Wag the Dog.
If they can make planes fly into buildings on cue - or seem to get all the wrong intelligence info - right when they need it the most (to start a war), they can steal an election campaign. Ever hear of Tricky Dick Nixon? How 'bout those Kennedy boys back in the 60's?
Watch them do a similar thing to Kerry. He's Catholic.