Rewriting History

Howard Dean lost because he didn’t have a weblog.1

Hmmm, that’s an interesting, if unrealistic, concept. From Dave Winer:

In fact what happened is that in a virtual sense, the Internet was looking for a candidate, and Howard Dean fit the bill. He was bloggable. He was interesting. And get this, he was interesting if you were for the war, as well as if you were against it.

The man is interesting, like him or not, and that’s a rarity in US politics where candidates are as exciting as toothpaste or underarm deodorant, because that’s exactly how they want us to view them, as products, not people. Enter Howard Dean, person. Bloggable to the nth degree. But did Howard Dean know what a blog was? No. Does he know what one is today? No! Did he ever have a blog? He didn’t. (I don’t mean to ask, as some people misunderstand, did he write his own weblog. I mean did his campaign have a weblog.)

I’m sure the bloggers he hired to run his weblog will be surprised to hear they don’t exist. The body’s not even cold yet and the blogging’s biggest cheerleader is deflecting blame from blogs.

1 – In addition to the vast fourth estate conspiracy.

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  1. Nick Queen February 8, 2004
  2. Sean Hackbarth February 9, 2004