I don't really know how important a political operation really is in a Presidential campaign. I have a sense that it matters, that the ability of a campaign to do the little things right adds up to a sense that the person can run the country. I'm not sure, though. I've only seen one contest up close.
Anyway, I'm trying to think of a way to describe the Dean and Draft Clark movements. What made them special is how they created the space for a new crop of leaders to emerge and take power outside of the traditional campaign structure. That's not happening in 2008, as both the environment differs and the campaigns are smothering supporters instead of nurturing them. Leadership is going elsewhere, and perhaps that's a good thing. Enough of this imperial Presidency.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
"The Different Operations"