This, all of it, is taken from a Doonesbury poll. You can go there and vote on it yourself.
I thought we could discuss the choices more fully here.
What was the greatest thing about this campaign?
A:The breakthroughs. Racism, sexism and ageism were all in the stands as the first black, the first female and the oldest-ever candidate lined up to make history. Turns out there really ain't no mountain high enough. It's win, win, win, even though some losing was involved.
B:The coverage. For the first time, it was possible to actually hook yourself up to a news drip: cable, Web, text messages, Twitter, blogs -- the campaign was always in our heads. Hell, yes, it's addictive -- a new generation of content fiends is born.
C:The online-ness. New rule: fundraising and organizing henceforth require O-level web game. When the first paid staffer showed up in Montana, a statewide campaign was already in place. In Obama Nation, states colonized themselves. Power is the people.
I picked C. This election changed how campaigns are operated in ways that we will not fully understand for a while. Choice B was only part of it. There was constant feedback available to anyone wanting it and the Obama campaign understood that and made it's feeds (and it's positions) immediately available. That's where the late money came from, from the individuals who had been hooked up to the campaign all through the two years of running.
No one will ever be able to run another nationwide or even statewide campaign without such a symbiotic feedback system in place.
There won't be any more candidates who say they are going to try "the Goggle" soon.
Joe(those days are gone for good)Nation