Suffrage net city

By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007
LOOK FOR The Fact Hub: the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but (according to the Clinton campaign, of course)
LAUGH AT “Caucusing is Easy,” a video clip that demonstrates just that (while also mocking Hill’s tone-deafness and Bill’s love for cheeseburgers)

There are several Facebook groups devoted to our former first lady and potential future president. One of them is called One Million Strong for Hillary Clinton. Another is called One Million Against Hillary Clinton. Clearly, the conventional wisdom that she’s a divisive candidate is not without merit. But she also clearly wants to be liked. That’s why her site is full of colorful logos imploring mouse clickers to Join Team Hillary, Be a Hillraiser, Build Our Base, and Join/Start a Group. The site has exhaustive policy information, an ever-updated blog, and a copious video archive of TV spots and “HillCasts.” And over at, her campaign has effected something of its own Drudge Report, a Spartan clearinghouse for Hill-friendly headlines and breaking news. One questions the need for such a thing, however, when one considers, as New York magazine recently pointed out, that Matt Drudge is “an icon of the right who seems obsessed with making Hillary Clinton our next president.”

LOOK FOR A breakdown of what the Obama candidacy means for different people: Asian-Americans, African-Americans, First-Americans, LGBT Americans, People of Faith, Environmentalists, Veterans, etc.
LAUGH AT The logo for “Generation Obama,” which looks a lot like GQ’s logo

Barack Obama’s got a good-looking site: spaciously designed, but with room for a ton of information. There’s a blog, of course. And BarackTV. It also offers mobile capabilities: if you text “Go” to OBAMA (62262), you can receive campaign announcements on your cell phone (bonus: you can interrupt conversations with boring friends to take high-level phone calls from “the Obama campaign”). In addition to MySpace and Facebook, Obama has posted links on his page to Still, some of the most notable Internet moments of Obama’s campaign so far have taken place off-site — over at YouTube, created by his supporters. Back in the spring, there was the ad parodying Apple’s famous 1984-style Super Bowl commercial, in which voters are implored to “Vote Different” as an athlete in an Obama T-shirt hurls a hammer into a screen bearing Hillary’s looming, demagogic image. And, of course, there’s “I Got a Crush . . . on Obama,” in which buxom Amber Lee Ettinger lip-syncs a sexy slow jam while lusting after the jug-eared string bean. “It’s just one more example of the fertile imagination of the Internet,” the candidate told reporters when asked about the video. “More stuff like this will be popping up all the time.” And even if he carped that it was ruining his rep (“You do wish people would think about what impact their actions have on kids and families,” he told the AP), you can’t buy publicity like that. It’s a safe bet Barack hearts Obama Girl, too.

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