Now that the election is history it seems that Bush's Blog is gone, but links you to Ed Gillespie Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) Blog located on gop.com. Kerry's blog is still there as an archive, with the last post being his concession speech.
Every few decades, a new medium finds its niche in American politics.
In the 1920s and 1930s, it was radio that gave candidates a way to talk directly to large audiences. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was television, which created sound bites and showed that a candidate's physical image matters. The 1980s and early 1990s were about cable TV and targeting audiences such as the MTV generation.
This year, the Internet came into its own as a political tool.
"In 2004, it was a driving force in the campaign," said Alexis Rice, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins University and director of a project there that analyzes the Internet's influence on politics. </ul>
Election 2004 was the first national elections where the Internet was an integrated part of the election and used in every facet of this campaign.
The Palm Beach Post had a great editorial today "Now running: The Web" where the paper notes:
One of the starring roles in the 2004 campaign goes not to a candidate but to the Internet. A physician from a tiny state could stun the political Establishment and contend for a major-party presidential nomination because technology enabled him to go around the Establishment. He made online house calls, seeking money and support, from the wired world. Dr. Dean's issue was opposition to the war in Iraq, and he tapped into strong emotions. His audience may not have reflected the nation as a whole, since the wired world tends to be younger and single, but the Establishment got the idea. In particular, John Kerry and the Democrats raised lots of money in $50 online increments.
It’s been a year since Johns Hopkins launched the Campaigns Online project and what a year it has been! The use of the Internet and blogging has really evolved in the 2004 election. But overall there has been three major changing in campaigning:
1. Online fundraising- it has became a MAJOR way to collect funds and can be done in many creative ways! Kerry’s campaign ( after learning a lesson from Dean) has been able to capitalized on this helping him stay competitive with Bush in raising cash fast!
2. Political Bloggers – they were invited to the convention and have a HUGH following. Many are now featured as political pundits and are being interview by the mainstream media. Also many mainstream media reporters now have their own blogs they write on.
3. Campaign Blogs- Who knew what Dean started now is standard for Bush and Kerry campaigns, besides that the political parties have blogs, and many state and local candidates now have campaign blogs too!
Intelliseek, a marketing analytics firm that helps companies and brands measure buzz and word-of-mouth, has launched Campaign Radar 2004, a free web service that delivers daily analysis on politics, candidates and campaign-specific issues discussed on blogs commenting on the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election.
All statistics in their "trend charts" represent the percentage of all blog postings relevant to the election/campaign.
Washingtonpost.com is inviting readers to nominate and vote for their favorite politics and elections blogs. washingtonpost.com readers nominate their favorite blogs in each of 10 categories including Best Democratic Party Coverage, Best Republican Party Coverage, Best Inside the Beltway, Best Outside the Beltway, Most Original and Most Likely to Last Beyond Election Day. Once the nominations are tabulated, readers will vote on the top 5 nominees in each category to determine a winner.
Traditional media now is covering what bloggers are writing about at the convention. CNN.com has created "Daily Blog Roundup" discussing what blogs, covering the Democratic Convention, are postings on their sites.