The Iowa results are clearly a referendum on Dean, Edwards, Kerry and, terminally, Gephardt. But theyre more profoundly an endorsement of information routing technologies such as RSS and its derivatives. The speed with which Kerry and Edwards, and Clark in New Hampshire, rose out of the pack is dwarfed by the accelerated pace of information capture and syndication.
Take Dave Winers
Even with the biased reference point of the Dean campaign, Channel Dean accelerated the acquisition of a real-time snapshot of the Dean corpus. While the majority of links were from traditional media such as the New York Times, CNN, AP and the Chicago Tribune, key blog sites were also well-represented. Drilling down on a Doc Searls post, I quickly found my way to a popular political site, the Daily Kos, and from there to a blistering "deconstruction" from inside the Dean campaign.
By the following morning, Dave Winer had detailed a Channel Dean outage, precipitated by his filing a quote (We came in third) by Dean on CNN. As we learned during the Nixon residency, the cover-up is always worse than the covered-up. By morning the feed was live again, and Dave had some fodder for
Its easy to pigeonhole this as just so much inside baseball, but for political junkies (yes, I am) this is the stuff of which campaigns are made, and broken. Channel Dean, once born as a transmitter of success, is now reborn as a metric for monitoring how a campaign falls apart, or survives, or regains its footing. If the other campaigns dont adopt the technology, they cede the real-time connection to Dean.