Wednesday, June 18, 2008

LIVE BLOG: Advocacy on the internet? Yes, we can!

The TR spent yesterday at Innovative Advocacy seminar at the Chamber of Commerce. Ah, the Hall of Flags... so gorgeous, and that giant door we struggled open to let ourselves in left us feeling accomplished before anything even started!

Besides nibbling bagels with some fellow politics-and-advocacy-wonks (we're looking at you, Politico), we enjoyed the keynote address from Stu Rothenberg, who's available for speeches if you need any top-notch wonking yourself. We're being cheeky, of course--we loved his VP recommendations for O and Johnny ("They shouldn't be bad picks, just quirky") and giggled when he jumped off stage to grab someone's Post and accurately report poll results instead of, oh, making them up.

Other highlights:
  • You have to love everyone's fascination with female candidates. Carly Fiorina as Veep? She's the quirkiest pick of all, as she's, among other things, "an attractive woman." Yeah, too risky.
  • 84% of the country believe the country is on the wrong track, but Democratic candidates are not ahead of their counterparts by a very wide margin. What gives? We dunno either, Stu.
  • "Liberal Democratic women will support Obama. C'mon." Um, gosh, is he looking at us?
  • Ah, another observation on WDC Fashion... we'll just say that mismatching stripes and plaid is cool, and don't judge these books by their covers. Ever. 'Cause they own you.
  • Breaks for crackberries are a requirement for events like these. We recommend a corral in a corner for these people so they don't bump into us as they e-mail all those important friends of theirs. Specially-trained shepharding dogs can help.

Finally, Barry Jackson from AARP showed us the power of celebrities and the Internet (which we kinda already knew--we're hip like that). And the panel discussion afterwords with Cyrus Krohn from the RNC and Jonathan Martin and Ken Vogel from Politico left us cheering on Obama's ridiculously-successful online efforts and nodding approval when it was pointed out that most people agree: "Cell phones are for talking." Oh, and people don't trust information on the Internet, apparently. Fear not, dear Readers, we'd never steer you off-course!

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