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Monday, June 16, 2003


Can Blogs Influence the Election?

posted by Joe at Monday, June 16, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This is the question the journalists and some campaigns have been asking. One of them was quoted as asking derisively "why does Joe Trippi waste so much time talking to obscure bloggers?"

Well with the Primary, Bloggers have an opportunity to influence this election and change the electoral process in a profound way.

If you are a Blogger who supports Howard Dean -- it is time to blog the importance of supporting Howard Dean by urging your readership to register for's Presidential Primary and further urge your readers to vote for Howard Dean in the MoveOn Primary. If you have 50 readers or 10,000 readers your post could make the difference in this Primary -- particularly if all Dean supporting blogs act in unity and begin to carry this message.

If you are an independent Blogger who has no stake in Howard Dean's candidacy, MoveOn's Primary is an historic moment in the history of the grassroots Internet. To point this out and to urge your readership to register and to participate no matter who they vote for is equally important.

Blogs can influence this election, and further the cause of citizen participation in choosing our next President -- by sounding the clarion call to the nation's first Internet Primary. A Primary that because of its impact in terms of grassroots organization and large number of small contributions, can change the entire dynamic of the current Democratic Party Nomination Process.

This is truly an historic moment. Blogs can influence this election right now and do so in an historic way -- come together for a few days -- advocate to your readers that they participate in this moment by voting in the MoveOn Primary.

And I humbly request that a campaign that understands the reasons Blogs exist and should be supported -- is a campaign that can at least ask that the Blogs that support Howard Dean say so -- and ask their readers to consider supporting him in the MoveOn Primary.

Joe Trippi
Campaign Manager
Dean for America.


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