Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Cluetrain not for Washington Democrats

Willis Reed from a comment at HA yesterday:
You’re still ticked off that there isn’t an offical Wa Dems blog? You’ve had that in your craw since April? Really? Aren’t there bigger things to worry about? Remember, those that don’t blog tend to underestimate their usefulness, those that do blog tend to overestimate their usefulness.
Yes, I still have that in my craw, though it isn't as simple as an "official state party blog." Truth be told I could go forever with the state party never having a blog. I'd be as happy as I'd ever be without one, because that sort of band-aid approach to the internet isn't at all what I'm talking about.

(By the way, I was going to title this post "Cluetards," but that, I thought, wouldn't be very nice. Actually would be insulting. But, I do like that word, so I'd thought I'd mention it).

Willis was responding to my linking to this post at Evergreen Politics, which describes an idea Ken Camp had last spring to cluetrain the state party by establishing, among a ton of other things, a state party blog.

In addition to Dwight Pelz's initial rebuff of the idea, I think that we had an election this year pretty much killed any chance Ken's ideas would be heard. As Willis would probably say, there were bigger things to worry about.

And, well, right now, there aren't those big things to worry about for a little bit. So, why not worry about getting the party on the cluetrain again? We have just over one year before our Presidential cycle caucuses bring tons of new people into the fold for at least a few hours, why not be prepared to give them something to hold onto?

This wasn't something I was going to get over. This is exactly how I got interested in politics as participant, rather than a cynical observer. Some campaign "got it" in a very deep sense, and hooked me.


Ken Camp said...

Coming soon to a blog near you: "Keep Washington Blue 2.0".

Emmett said...


Ken Camp said...

By the way, the blog you linked to using the word "Cluetards" is my dad's blog.